We continue our series looking at potential Jets cap cuts this offseason with Darryl Roberts.
Cap charge if on the team in 2020: $6 million
Cap savings if cut: $6 million ($0 in dead money)
Why cutting Roberts would make sense: There isn’t much evidence to support the idea that Roberts will ever be a capable starting cornerback in the NFL. 2019 was his first opportunity in a full-time role, and he played himself out of the starting job. It started with a disastrous opener against the Bills, and few quality performances followed.
At 29 years old, there probably isn’t much room to improve. While one could argue that he’s a backup caliber cornerback and a role players on special teams, his practice reps would probably be better off going to a younger player with more upside. At the very least, his $6 million salary would be an overpay for somebody in those roles.
Why cutting Roberts wouldn’t make sense: If you ignore price, Roberts has shown he might be the type of backup who can string together a couple of decent games before being exposed. He also participated in around one-third of Jets special teams snaps. (These are admittedly tough arguments to make since a lot of this exercise is about price.)
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