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Jets Create More Cap Space by Declining Erin Henderson’s Contract Option

New York Jets v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

It certainly is not the big news of the day, but the Jets will be moving on from linebacker Erin Henderson.

Henderson was signed in 2015 to a backup role after missing 2014 as personal demons took his career off the rails. His performance was solid, and his snap totals increased near the end of the year, leading the Jets to re-sign him on a new relatively low cost deal. He was brought back to start, but the Jets selected Darron Lee in the first round of the 2016 Draft. A shaky preseason led to Lee’s snap totals increasing, and Henderson eventually ended up on the non-football injury list to end the season for reasons that still are not publicly known.

This move will add around $2.5 million to the Jets’ cap space. This continues the roster overhaul. On the surface, the Jets appeared to not have much cap room, but any such analysis is rather shallow. The team has plenty of options to create a lot of cap space, and this is the latest move.