While free agency doesn’t officially start until March, a flurry of moves are being made now by teams in hopes of increasing their salary caps so they’ll have money to spend. The two New York ball-clubs have been the most active thus far, with the Giants releasing several starters, and now the Jets are getting in on the act.
CBS Sports is reporting they plan to cut starting middle linebacker Bart Scott, starting outside linebacker Calvin Pace, and offensive tackle Jason Smith. Before the cuts become official, the Jets are projected to be $23 million over the projected 2013 cap, but these cuts would save them $27.7 million.
The 32-year-old Scott is scheduled to earn $6.9 million in base salary in 2013 and $7.75 million in 2014. He did earn a respectable +1.1 grade from Pro Football Focus, which rated him the 18th-best inside linebacker out of 53 eligible players. He’s still capable of starting on a quality NFL Defense, just not with the salary he had.
In 15 games last year, Scott registered 60 tackles and 2.5 sacks, while Pace notched 55 tackles and three sacks.