The off season is starting to roll in Jets camp as John Idzik continues to cross off things on his to do list. First we saw the New York Jets gain a large amount of cap space by cutting CB Antonio Cromartie and WR Santonio Holmes, and now he has resigned two Jets to bring back to next years squad. First we have TE Jeff Cumberland who saw an increased role this past season in the absence of Dustin Keller. Idzik also took the time to re-sign CB Darrin Walls who shared playing time with the rookie Dee Milliner.
Both of these signings make sense as Cumberland was a very reliable target and had a solid season and seamed to pick up the west coast offense relatively quickly. Wells will be needed to provide depth at the CB position and will have a chance to earn a starting spot now with Cromartie gone. The important thing about these signings is that both got roster bonuses, as opposed to signing bonuses. As opposed to a signing bonus, which has the cap hit prorated over the amount of the years of the contract, a roster bonus is counted against the cap immediately.
Idzik is continuing his trend of buying players with cash as opposed to credit, and is looking to leave this organization in a great cap position for years to come. With two relatively small contracts today, Idzik has secured two reliable players for several years to come, keeping both the players and the the Jets wallet happy. Soon free agency will start and the Jets are in great position to make a splash.
In other news the Jets agree to terms with CB Ellis Lankster. Lankster is further down on the depth chart at CB but is a solid special teamer, and a good developmental player to have on the roster.