5 roster moves to save the NY Jets $45 million in cap space

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2. NY Jets extend Quinnen Williams

  • Cap Savings: $6.81 million
  • Dead Cap: $0

Let's discuss a money-saving move that should be in the best interest of everyone involved. The Jets could and should extend Quinnen Williams this offseason to create cap space.

Williams has already publicly expressed his desire for a new contract before the start of voluntary OTAs in May. The Jets would be wise to adhere to his wishes and get to work on an extension.

Extending Williams would create $6.81 million in cap space this season, per Over The Cap. That's one way to keep a franchise cornerstone around long-term, while also saving money in the short term.

Williams is likely looking for a contract that would pay him over $22 million per year with somewhere around $50-60 million in guarantees. He's not going to touch Aaron Donald money, but Williams likely deserves to be the second-highest-paid defensive tackle in football.

It would make sense for the Jets to try to get this deal done sooner rather than later too. For starters, creating that cap space in March would be a lot more useful to the team than creating it in August.

On top of that, the defensive tackle market is set to explode this offseason with the likes of Williams, Jeffery Simmons, Christian Wilkins, and Daron Payne all set to receive new deals in the near future.

That price tag is only going to go up with each extension, so the Jets should try to get ahead of the game and extend Williams first. Let the Jets dictate the market.

While many of the suggested moves on this list are quite painful, everyone should be on board with this one. Extending Quinnen Williams helps everyone involved in both the short and long term.