Trying to balance the Jets' books

February, 28, 2013
2/28/13
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'Tis the season for number crunching.

The Jets, like many teams, have salary-cap concerns. They have roughly $6 million in cap space, which doesn't allow them to be serious players in free agency -- unless they create more room by cutting players and/or restructuring contracts.

Here's a position-by-position breakdown of the cap totals, providing insight into how the Jets have invested in recent years -- and where they need to trim some fat. (Note: Totals don't include current free agents such as Dustin Keller, Mike DeVito, LaRon Landry, et al. Allow small margin of error.)

OFFENSE

Quarterback: $16.48 million. Roughly 14 percent of cap devoted to a position that needs an overhaul. Yeesh.

Running back: $1.8 million. If the QB position is Peter Luger's Steakhouse, this is Burger King.

Wide receiver: $16.86 million. Not much bang for the buck, based on 2012 performance.

Tight end: $960,000. Konrad Reuland and Hayden Smith are the top guys under contract. Hence, the low number. They need Keller.

Offensive line: $22.12 million. A pretty high number, considering only two starters are under contract.

Offense total: $58.22 million

DEFENSE

Defensive line: $12.5 million. One of the few areas where the talent lines up with the cost. They're trying to re-sign DeVito.

Linebacker: $20.6 million. We're counting $4.5 million in dead money from Bart Scott, Calvin Pace cuts.

Secondary: $26.47 million. The total will increase by $3 million if they trade Darrelle Revis, if you can believe that. Landry will be a tough squeeze.

Defense total: $59.57 million

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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