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Jets free-agency dossier

1/16/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Throughout the day I'll post the rundowns of free agents for each AFC East club.

We'll start off with the New York Jets, who have a lot of work to do to get their roster organized for 2009.

They're already about $7 million over the projected salary cap because of an accumulation of prorated signing bonuses.

Before we get to the list of free agents, here are some of the higher cap numbers for Jets under contract. I think everybody can identify one player in particular who will alleviate a lot a lot of cap strain if he doesn't return:

Here are the Jets whose contracts are up:

Unrestricted (free to negotiate with any team beginning Feb. 27)

Restricted (Jets have right to match offer from other team)

Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)