Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jets save $30M-plus by cutting Scott, Pace, 3 others


John Idzik made his first significant decision(s) as the New York Jets' new general manager Tuesday, cutting linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace.

Safety Eric Smith, offensive lineman Jason Smith and tight end Josh Baker were also part of a collective salary disposal that cleared up roughly $31 million in cap space. (photo: Marianne O'Leary, Flickr)

The move puts the Jets below the cap, and more money-saving cuts are ahead, likely including Tim Tebow, which would free up a little more than $1 million, according to nyjetscap.com.

The NY Daily News reported a week and a half ago that the Jets would cut Scott, Pace and Jason Smith in the coming weeks, and Eric Smith's name had been thrown around as another potential roster casualty.

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Scott and Pace were certainly not worth the collective $20 million they were owed in 2013, and perhaps neither was Eric Smith and his $3 million.

The Jets were never going to pay Jason Smith the $12 million he was under contract for in 2013, as they acquired him last year as a backup with plans to release him after the season. Baker was a reserve who spent all of last year on IR.

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