We continue our series looking at potential Jets cap cuts this offseason with Josh Bellamy.
Cap charge if on the team in 2020: $2.25 million
Cap savings if cut: $2.25 million ($0 in dead money)
Why cutting Bellamy would make sense: It is difficult to see what Bellamy is bringing to the table. He has never even caught 25 passes or gained 400 receiving yards in a single season. He will be 31 at the start of the 2020 campaign so there is no upside.
While some gave Bellamy the “special teams ace” label when he signed with the Jets, there isn’t much evidence to back that up. He has 5 kickoff returns and no punt returns in his career. How about coverage? According to TeamRankings.com, which keeps track of special teams stats, Bellamy has 14 special teams tackles over the last four season, an average of 3.5 per season. That isn’t elite.
This is a player who would be lucky to get a training camp invite. It is difficult to conceive how Mike Maccagnan guaranteed him close to $3 million in free agency. The good news is the guarantees are gone.
Why cutting Bellamy wouldn’t make sense: After playing under Adam Gase with the Jets and Chicago he knows the system.(?)
Some of these Maccagnan contracts really make the format of this series difficult to do.
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