In an effort to get themselves underneath an encumbering salary cap, the Jets parted ways with veteran linebacker Bart Scott, safety Eric Smith, outside linebacker Calvin Pace and tackle Jason Smith on Tuesday, the team announced.
Tight end Josh Baker, who spent the season on injured reserve, was also waived.
The move should provide the team roughly $31 million in salary cap relief and place them a few million dollars below the cap limit for next year, which, although still undetermined, could be around $121 million. The team also has $3.4 million in cap space that will carry over from the 2012 season.
Each transaction was expected, likely part of the "detailed" plan laid out by previous general manager Mike Tannenbaum, one that he mentioned several times after his dismissal in December.
All of the players released, Eric Smith ($3 million), Scott ($7.15 million), Pace ($8.56 million) and Jason Smith ($12 million) carried gaudy numbers against the cap with little to no cap penalty for being cut. Eric Smith, Scott and Pace were also near, or over, the age of 30. Scott, a vocal leader in the locker room, could, perhaps, return at a reduced price.
Those three, staples of Rex Ryan’s first four years as head coach, made a combined 167 starts.
Jason Smith, a former No. 2 overall pick, came over from the Rams prior to the 2012 season opener in a deal for Wayne Hunter, serving as a jumbo tight end.
Jets begin expected roster — and cap — reduction process
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