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  • OFFSEASON SERIES: I AM MIKE MACCAGNAN, GET ME A LARGE COFFEE, STAT!

    1. Gavin Buck
    2. January 18, 2018
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    PART 1 – CAP SPACE

    As we all know, this offseason will be the most important, franchise-defining offseason the Jets have had in a while. Coming off a 5-11 season that in true Jets-ian fashion was a rollercoaster from despair to hope to anger to apathy. The decisions made over the next few weeks will shape the direction of the Jets for the next few years if not a decade or more. There are multiple different routes they can take; they have cap flexibility and high draft picks. I am not sure it is possible to underestimate the importance of this offseason.

    There are two avenues to this offseason: free agency and the draft. I am not an expert in either, but I have more knowledge and interest in the workings of the salary cap, so I thought I would embark on a series of articles. I am going to imagine I am Mike Maccagnan and what I would if I was in the GMs chair.

    This week I am going to focus on what cap space the Jets are likely to end up with, naturally and via the player cuts that I would make. Then over the next 4-5 weeks as we head to Free agency I am going to preview Jets re-signings, and each position group to see who is available and who I might sign. Just before Free agency I will then pull all this together to tell you what I would do with our cap space…

    However, how much cap space will the Jets have? To work this out I have used www.overthecap.com.

    Looking at overthecap.com the Jets currently have $74,429,406 slated for free agency which is  based on an assumed cap of $178m.

    However, how much cap space can we realistically have? By cutting ineffective players we can free up more space. Let’s do this? Who are the Jets who are potential cap casualties?

    Below are the Jets players who I think are vulnerable to being cut this offseason. The Jets can designate 2 players to be a June 1st cut where the cap space is only gained on June 1st and would not be available for free agency

    Player Cap space gained if cut now Cap space gained if June 1st cut
    Muhammad Wilkerson $9m $17m
    Buster Skrine $6m N/A (last year of contract)
    James Carpenter $4.7m N/A (last year of contract)
    Ben Ijalana $6m N/A (last year of contract)
    Jermaine Kearse $5m N/A (last year of contract)
    Bilal Powell $4m N/A (last year of contract)
    Steve McClendon $3.25m N/A (last year of contract)
    Matt Forte $3m N/A (last year of contract)
    Josh Martin $1.65m N/A (last year of contract)
    Devin Smith $1.235m N/A (last year of contract)
    TOTAL CAP SPACE GAINED IF ALL CUT $43.835m  

     

    Therefore, the maximum cap space the Jets could end up with if they cut all these players is $118.26m

    Now that is a huge amount, but that is only if we cut all these players. There are some on this list we might want to retain as they have either played well, would cost more to replace or are fan favourites. Therefore, here is what I would do with this list….

    Muhammad Wilkerson – cut him, cut him now and if you can, cut him again. Mo’s issues are well-publicised and I am not going into them here, but he is a locker room misfit and not had the production we all hoped when he signed his contract. Personally, due to the Jets high cap room, I would designate him a June 1st cut. We would not get that cap space until June, but that $17m would mean we can sign our draft class and have operating money for 2018, enabling us to go right up to the cap if we want before the draft.

    Buster Skrine – I am torn with Skrine. His play is highly up and down (especially penalties) and often times this year I have leant towards cutting him, but for now I would be willing to wait to see how free agency goes before making a decision on him. If we sign a corner or two then cut him. However, as we have no other half-decent CB on the roster, to cut him before free agency would be premature. Therefore, he stays until if and when we sign / draft his replacement

    James Carpenter – it may seem strange to have him on this list. He has been a solid performer for the Jets and though he had a down year, I personally put that more down to Wesley Johnson being awful. He is currently paid as the 12th highest Left Guard in the NFL and to replace him would likely cost a bit more than the $4.8m we would gain by cutting him, therefore I would keep him

    Ben Ijalana – This contract at 2 years $11m was always perplexing to me for a back up tackle. For me, he is a definite cut, though I want to renegotiate his contract to something more reasonable like $2.5m max for 2018. For the purpose of this exercise, I am cutting him.

    Jermaine Kearse – I was willing to part ways with him for a long time. He seemed like a bit of a JAG (Just-a-Guy) to me and there was little value with Enunwa returning. However, I have been persuaded by something Connor Hughes said on the Turn on the Jets podcast, that he provided leadership to a WR room that was all youngsters and was a catalyst for Robby Anderson’s step forward. As such, especially as his salary is only 38th among wide receivers this year, I am inclined to keep him

    Bilal Powell – not gonna do it. He has value still, though I think this will be his last year with the Jets.

    Steve McLendon – He is on a very reasonable contract and I think he has performed a useful role for us over the last couple of years while providing veteran leadership. I would keep him unless something better comes along (I am having fever dreams of Snacks returning)

    Matt Forte – gone gone gone. Nuff said.

    Josh Martin – half decent pass rusher / special teamer / back up. Reasonable contract, could be a camp cut, but no reason to cut now

    Devin Smith – I think we have all moved on from him. It is sad, he had a lot of potential.

    So how does that change the table…

    Player Cap space gained if cut now Cap space gained if June 1st cut
    Muhammad Wilkerson   $17m
    Ben Ijalana $6m N/A (last year of contract)
    Matt Forte $3m N/A (last year of contract)
    Devin Smith $1.235m N/A (last year of contract)
    TOTAL CAP SPACE GAINED FOR FA $10.235m  

    So, this gives us $84.66m for free agency and signing our own free agents. However, we can spend right up to this, as Mo will come off the books on June 1st. Plus if we sign a CB or 2 Skrine could be cut, adding another $6m.

    $84.66m is what I will work with in Part 2 of “I AM MIKE MACCAGNAN, GET ME A LARGE COFFEE, STAT!!”

    Part 2 next week will be “Re-signings”

    Let me know your thoughts on this, would you keep the players I have kept? Let me know @gavdbuck on twitter

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