Jets create much-needed cap room

The New York Jets made their first significant roster move of the 2012 offseason by restructuring the contract of starting left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. The move will save the Jets approximately $7.5 million on this year’s salary cap, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

New York entered the offseason with the tightest cap among AFC East teams. This was a team built to win now following back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances after the 2009 and 2010 seasons. But the Jets imploded down the stretch in 2011 and finished a disappointing 8-8.

The Jets still have work to do with veteran contracts in order to create room to make significant upgrades in free agency. New York can use help at several positions, including safety, wide receiver and right tackle.