- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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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
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
Total amount of contracts: $37.48 million
Total amount of guaranteed money: $26.21 million