Jets have lowest dead money value in the NFL, for now

For the New York Jets, 2013 wasn’t pretty from a salary cap perspective. The team had over $20 million in dead money for just five players. But after some austerity measures in the first year under John Idzik’s direction, the outlook for the team’s cap outlook seems much improved. After just one season under Idzik, the team was able to eke out a small amount of cap carryover from 2013 despite taking a $13 million dead money hit for Darrelle Revis.

As we enter 2014, the Jets enter the new league year with what is (for now) the lowest value of “dead money” in the entire league according to Kevin Seifert and ESPN’s Roster Management System.

According to the RMS, the Jets have just $48,958 in dead money as of the start of this week. Compare that to the Panthers who have a $17 million dead money charge, mostly due to trading Jon Beason.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Of course, the Jets could jump right into the top five in Seifert’s dead money list once they cut Santonio Holmes ($2.5 million in dead money), Mark Sanchez ($4.8 million in dead money) and Antonio Cromartie ($5.4 million). Those moves might add $12 million in dead money, but they will free up $26 million in 2014 cap space for the Jets as they look to add starters and depth throughout their roster.
156 comments
jake100
jake100

As bad as we need a wr, I don't want the Jets trading up, even for Watkins. Smart quantity!

a57se
a57se

How the heck is curling an Olympic Sport?

jake100
jake100

Oh boy , here they come, a rumor has it that the Jets will trade up to the second overall pick with St Louis and take Watkins!

theguru
theguru

what do you mean if they cut holmes, sanchez, and cro? more like when they cut them. what kind of a bonehead article is this? thats like saying the roads are in great shape now the day before a major snowstorm is about to hit. do you actually have a journalism degree? or were you hire from a labor pool at min wage?

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100  At a certain point, you can have too many picks and you'll just end up cutting people to fit them on the roster, or cutting them out of camp. 


For example: the Jets could trade the 18th pick and the 3rd rounder they get form the Bucs to move up to the 14th pick. Why would that be worthwhile? Because Pittsburgh and Baltimore both pick between 14 and 18 and they're both in the market for a WR. You'd be ensuring you get a WR you really want, while preventing two AFC teams from possibly landing him. That second part is just a bonus, you pull the trigger if your guy is there and that trade is on the table, imo. 

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se  People love it. It has a cult following. 


Maybe hoop rolling will become a summer sport. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@theguru  This is a blog - you want to read from someone with a journalism degree, go read a newspaper. 


Then come back when you realize they've got even less clue than we do.

Brendan
Brendan

@theguru  How is "once they cut _____" any different than "when they cut _____"? 


This is a very strange post. 

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Brendan @jake100  At some point your point would be spot on but this is not that time.There are too many holes to fill on this roster and if two clowns like Oday Oboushi and Will Campbell are allowed to waste roster spots as they clearly did this year, there is little to no chance anybody we draft this year will be cut either. Sorry bro but we need bodies because there were too many guys on this roster that had no business on any NFL roster.The O-line WR,TE LB and S positions need a mass infusion of talent to bring this roster up to championship caliber so lets draft as many as we can and sign some select F/A's to fill the holes that remain.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @jake100 

The wasted picks the Jets have are the extras in the 6th and 7th rounds......not the extra third round pick. With this years draft it is conceivable to get starters well into the 4th round.


jake100
jake100

@Brendan @jake100  

True, but the draft is a crap shoot and we have many needs on top of that, and the more picks, I figure the better the odds. We dont know we would hit the home run and when you give up picks, it hurts a heck of a lot more.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 It's a game of skill and concentration. 




Let's put it another way: is golf a sport? 

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Bent @theguru it never fails that when people unreasonably* criticize the writing, their own comment is terribly written.

 *Sometimes it's fair to criticize the writing. See: MetsBlog

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Bent @theguru  


The guru has the bedside manner of Pete B as it pertains to Bassett........


By the way, when Sanchez gets cut I will celebrate (surprise)


Poor Bent.....The Jets will be focusing on offense this offseason (deal with it my friend :)


It will be exciting to see playmakers on offense start signing with the Green & White

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Brendan @jake100  Good point but you have to look at who was making those picks for us.I have looked back at every draft under Tanny and its amazing to see how well other teams did picking after us and ending up with better players.Hopfully the I-Man improves on last years dismal draft with his own guys helping him rather than relying on Tanny's old crew?

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@harold  I think Watkins is the real deal but i also think Margues Lee is a lot closer than he is being given credit  for. I believe the injury issues that affected him last year are holding him back because after the 2012 season he was regarded the clear #1 WR going into this past season.As a jet fan i cant stand the thought of trading picks as our recent track record is horrible in that regard.

mustang66
mustang66

a tr ade up to make sure you are getting a winner in the first round is vital. I prefer Marqise Lee and if we need to trade up to get him, I'm all for it. With 12 draft picks and 4 to 5 potential free agent pickups and play is picked up from other teams cuts... how many people are we going to turn over that an extra pic would make a difference. getting a can't mI ss player like Lee is the best way to go.

harold
harold

I posted a response not sure what happened..

V-Jax numbers are good.  Just prefer more versatile guys.

jaygo
jaygo

@Bent Got me twice today!  OK, I'll give them Sanchez and our 2nd for their first.

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo Not unless they reanimated Al Davis and he's running the show. 

jaygo
jaygo

@Brendan @harold  


Going back to where we started, you think Oakland would give their first round pick to us for Sanchez, one of our 3rd round picks and a compensatory pick or two?

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  More 1,000 yard seasons than Plax already. 


Plax is a better red zone threat, V-Jax is way better at big plays. 


I think they're fairly even and like I said earlier it's about preference. 


When you're as big as V-Jax (and this is part of why I want Evans), you don't have to run elaborate routes. You're a massive beast, you just dominate DB's physically. Let's remember that Plax's favorite pattern was run a fade and get a back-shoulder throw where he used his size to box-out a DB. That and a slant all day. He didn't run tons of routes, either. 

harold
harold

I don't dispute that Jackson has become a very good player.  I just think he is a player that can more easily be defended, because the route tree he runs is smaller.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  I don't know how you act like it's so cut-and-dry like that. 


V-Jax (9 seasons): 52 TD's, 7362 yards, 17.4 ypc. 


Plax (11 seasons): 64 TD's, 8499 yards, 15.4 ypc. 


V-Jax will likely surpass all of Plax's numbers in two seasons. 

harold
harold

Of course but didn't want to re-hash Lee from yesterday so just put a little water on the flame.

As for you preferring a V-Jax guy over Plax, I just don't get it.  Plax was able to take over games because he could run decent routes and threaten just enough with his speed.  Toss in that insane catching radius and you have a dominant performer when he is at his best. 

V Jax can be taken out more easily because he only runs three routes comebacks, fade (stop and end zone) and go routes. 

Benjamin offers more diversity long term.

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo Well, the FA's mostly had to do with injuries, but I agree with what you're saying. Idzik is definitely going to rotate guys out if they can't hack it, which I love. A team built on merit is the way to go. 

jaygo
jaygo

@Brendan  I'm with you and we will see.  I'm just sayin' he's grown up in a mentality where they stockpile bodies and sort it out, and last year he played as starters 5 draftees and brought in a bunch of free agents (Nelson, Cribbs, etc) who got real playing time.  

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  Let's be honest, the Jets could take any WR that has a 1st round grade and I won't complain. But if I just said that these debates would be quite boring :)

harold
harold

Benjamin definitely seemed like concentration as well.  He grabs the ball out in front.  This shows confidence and the ability to locate the ball quickly.

That is why I hesitant on Lee a little because of that skill.  .Although I like him a lot and would be happy if the Jets selected him.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  I like the NFL contemporaries for both, because that's definitely how they play. And it's funny you said that, because I thought about it similarly, and I'd rather have the V-Jax type. 


I just really worry about Benjamin's hands. Lee had drops, but his seemed to be more concentration drops than anything else to me (he's always turning to run before he secures the ball). Benjamin just seems to not have a natural ability to catch passes. That can be worked on, and his size/speed would make you live with some drops here and there, but they scare me. 


Physically, they're both exceptional talents, I guess it's more about preference. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo My thing with "last season" is that he was really handcuffed. Tight cap, low pick total....he had little to work with. 


I'll be very interested how a fat wallet and a surplus of draft picks changes his methods, if they change at all. He very well could do things exactly the same, he is very methodical and calculated, so that wouldn't surprise me at all. 

harold
harold

Today maybe but in two years, who would you want.  Benjamin actually is a little more explosive IMO.  I think Benjamin can become Plaxico type player.  I see Evans as Vincent Jackson.

I like a Plaxico-type player more.

jaygo
jaygo

@Brendan I didn't say impossible, just unlikely in my view.  Agree his DNA is yet to be defined but he sure played it like Seattle does last season.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  As an FSU fan, I would take Evans 100 times out of 100 over Benjamin. 

harold
harold

I think with up to 12 picks he would entertain it if you have your # 3 rated player available at 13 or 14 in the draft and you have extra picks it may make sense.  I think he would be flexible in that type of scenario.

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo I think what is/isn't in his draft DNA has yet to really play out. He made trades to get the team to seven picks, let's see how he handles things when he has double-digits. 


I'll be fine if they stand pat, but I don't think it's fair to act like a trade-up is impossible, at least until we get more of a track record on Idzik. 

harold
harold

I would not trade the Bucs pick that is like a 2nd rounder in this draft.  Maybe for our 3rd rounder.  But as I stated would not do it for anyone except Watkins,

I just don't know if long terrm Evans is that much better than Benjamin

jaygo
jaygo

@harold  Can't see Idzik trading up, especially in such a deep draft.  He's from the Seattle mentality of shuffling in and out guys left and right until someone sticks.  Seattle made 900 roster moves in the last 4 years and took over 20 undrafted guys to the Super Bowl.  Idzik had the revolving door in full swing last season.  Not in his DNA to give up draft picks.  Nothing's for sure and the more bodies to choose from the better.

harold
harold

But if you pick well the extra picks will help a lot to build cheap depth.

I am with you 12 may be too much, but 9-10 is just about right.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  Let's assume he's longgggg gone by pick 14 (which is the Bears). 


Evans is on the board, Chicago accepts the deal for a 1st/Bucs' 3rd for the 14th pick. You at least have to entertain that phone call, don't you? 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 But we've proven that more picks doesn't necessarily equal more hits. The Pats, for all their picks since Belichick took over the draft in 2009, don't have more worthwhile players than the Jets, who have close to the lowest pick total in that time (if not the lowest). 


The extra picks hurt for depth, but if you are trying to find starters you need to trust your scouts and play the field. 


I think moving up in the 1st to get a guy you covet is worth it, especially if the cost is just an early 3rd rounder. 

harold
harold

As of today, I would only want to trade up for Watkins.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Brendan @Disgruntled Jets Fan Oh, I never said it was easy. 

Again, I actually like curling.  But I do consider it a game rather than a sport.

Brendan
Brendan

@Disgruntled Jets Fan I didn't ask if it's an olympic sport, though, just a sport. 


A game where a guy swings a club and hits a tiny ball into a field is considered a sport, so I see no reason why pushing a 30 pound (or whatever it is) rock along ice and trying to land it in a target can't be considered one, too. 


I've actually played curling before, I know it's the running joke of olympic life, but it's not easy at all. 

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Brendan @williamg1 Golf shouldn't be (and isn't) an olympic sport either.

 I actually like watching curling, but mostly because I just want to go play bar shuffleboard.


jake100
jake100

@a57se @jake100  


Oops, I thought I read that you were retired on another post? I guess I miscon"screwed" something, lol

a57se
a57se

@jake100 @a57se

I wish I was a retiree......that isn't happening for another 10 years at best.