Jets save approximately $10 million in cap space- With the release of Kris Jenkins, Damien Woody, Vernon Gholston, and Jason Taylor the Jets will be saving approximately $10 million dollars in cap space. This is a considerable amount of money considering all of the pending free agents that the Jets have on their roster. According to some reports last night there is a chance that Gang Green will re-sign a couple of these guys to a more cap friendly deal. I am hoping that Damien Woody is one of those guys as second year player Vlad Ducasse is not ready to start, and Wayne Hunter is scheduled to become a free agent.
Note: The Jets are reportedly working on a new deal with Hunter. In addition offensive lineman Rob Turner will receive a low restricted free agent tender that will not include draft compensation.
Damien Woody offered the following comments on Twitter last night:
“Just informed about my release….I want to thank the Jets and all the fans out there…it was a great ride!”
“Damn….Jet fans are the best!!! The most passionate fans out there! #muchlove”
“@DUSTINKELLER81 we’ll see homie…u know I love it here” (in response to Dustin Keller hoping that Woody can restructure and come back)
Coaches to face pay cuts? According to the Star Ledger the New York Jets are planning to reduce the salaries in the football operations department (approx 62 employees) if there is a lockout. The report states that Gang Green will cut the pay of the assistant coaches by 25%, and if the lockout lasts longer than 90 days, the cut could go up to 50%. The Jets will reportedly reimburse this money as long as a new CBA is in place and no preseason games are missed.
As of this report the New York Giants have stated that they will not be cutting the pay of any of their employees.