The New York Jets have made a few roster moves releasing safety Eric Smith, linebacker Calvin Pace, offensive lineman Jason Smith, linebacker Bart Scott along with waiving h-back Josh Baker who spent last season on injured-reserved.
Jets announce LB Bart Scott has been released.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) February 19, 2013
The moves free up $31.265 million in salary cap space: Calvin Pace $8.56 million, Jason Smith $12 million, Eric Smith $3 million, Bart Scott $7.15 million and Josh Baker $555,000. These transactions come as no surprise with the Jets a projected $23 million over the 2013 salary cap and needing to be under it by the start of the new league year March 12th at 4pm.
General manager John Idzik could look to release or waiver other players for salary savings including: quarterback Tim Tebow $1.055 million and defensive tackle Sione Po’uha $3.835 million but it’s been reported the Jets will keep Tebow on roster after the new league year begins in an attempt to trade him.
Five players will replace those who were cut costing an additional $2.025 million minimum, so the Jets are now approximately $6.25 million under the 2013 salary cap.