7. Corey Davis, WR, NY Jets
- Cap Savings: $10.5 million
- Dead Cap: $666,667
Last, but not least, Corey Davis was signed in the same offseason as Carl Lawson, so his contract works very similarly to his. Not as much cap savings and a little more dead cap, but in the end, the Jets would acquire $10.5 million by cutting him regardless of timing.
Davis and undoubtedly been a disappointment in his Jets tenure. Reports point out how respected he is and how calming his presence is in the huddle, but that hasn't quite resulted in acceptable production from someone who was signed to be WR1.
It looked like Davis, a former bust fifth overall draft pick, had finally figured it out with a career-high 984 yards for the Titans in 2020.
In his two years since with the Jets, he's combined for 1,011 yards and played fewer games (21) than any other two seasons of his career. His nine drops over these last two years are also his highest total for any two-season period of his career as well.
Sure, quarterback play bares some blame, and the Jets have routinely been among the most injured teams in the league in recent history, but he still hasn't emerged as a statistical leader on the team.
In both years with the Jets, Davis has forfeited the team highs in yards to a rookie receiver and failed to establish himself as a consistent target.
Cut him. Don't think twice. This will be the easiest possible way to infuse $10+ million into the Jets' offseason spending. There will be viable options on the cheap, but the emergence of Garrett Wilson puts less pressure on this decision.
Making sure they have money to pay their new QB is more important, as I'm sure any veteran QB would be happy throwing to Wilson, Elijah Moore, Tyler Conklin, and Breece Hall out of the backfield, even if there isn't a splash addition to the receiving room.