The days of “Can’t wait!” are officially over in Florham Park, NJ.
The Jets have finally made moves to get under the salary cap, releasing LB Bart Scott, LB Calvin Pace, S Eric Smith, OT Jason Smith, and TE Josh Baker. As the Jets were over the cap as we all know, most of these moves were expected.
Bart Scott, despite being injured for part of the 2012 season, was almost a guaranteed cut, as was Calvin Pace. Both have suffered from dimished abilities. They could return at diminished salaries, but that possibility will be discussed at a later date.
Eric Smith was no surprise as his playing time significantly dimished, and Jason Smith was owed a hefty $12 million if he remained on the roster. The only marginal surprise is Josh Baker, who showed some ability as a pass catching tight end before he was injured during the preseason.
This does bring the Jets below the salary cap, by most counts at around $10 or $12 million below. Now it is on John Idzik to start repairing this roster.