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Report: Jets Lower Wilkerson's 2016 Cap Hit By $5.7 Million With New Contract

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Graziano of ESPN reports the Jets have created $5.7 million in new cap space with Muhammad Wilkerson's new contract.

Wilkerson was previously set to count $15.7 million against the cap had he played on the franchise tag.

Functionally speaking, this could save a player like Breno Giacomini or Nick Folk from being cut if the Jets do re-sign Fitzpatrick. It also could open the door for a veteran cap signing if the Jets do not bring out Fitzpatrick. That probably would have been off the table without the new deal for Wilkerson.

Obviously, with the short-term cap savings, the Jets have added big cap hits onto future seasons with the new contract for Wilkerson.

Hat tip to GGN's Holdout for directing us to this tweet.