How the Jets spent their money

July, 1, 2013
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Tanner Purdum Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty ImagesTanner Purdum signed a two-year contract with the Jets in March. He's been the team's' steady long snapper since 2010.
Under new GM John Idzik, the Jets took an NBC approach in the offseason -- no big contracts.

They made little or no effort to re-sign any of their own big-ticket free agents. In fact, Tanner Purdum -- the long snapper, for crying out loud -- was the only veteran to receive a multiyear contract to re-sign. What does that tell you?

The Jets spent modestly in free agency, doling out several one-year deals. Even the multi-year deals were relatively small, allowing them to flexibility to cut players after one year with no serious cap ramifications. By 2014, their salary-cap house should be in order. The only difficult-to-cut contracts in '14 will be C Nick Mangold and LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, neither of whom should be in jeopardy, anyway.

A breakdown of how they spent this offseason:

FREE AGENTS RE-SIGNED

Total amount of contracts: $8.08 million
Total amount of guaranteed money: $310,000


TRADES

Total amount of contracts: $6.0 million
Total amount of guaranteed money: $2.25 million


FREE AGENTS SIGNED

Total amount of contracts: $19.58 million
Total amount of guaranteed money: $2.94 million


DRAFT PICKS

Total amount of contracts: $37.48 million
Total amount of guaranteed money: $26.21 million

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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