New York Jets cap breakdown: Offense

February, 15, 2014
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A closer look at the New York Jets' salary cap, position by position on offense:

Offensive line:

Total cap charge: $23.5 million

Percentage of total cap: 18.2

Players under contract: 10

Highest cap charge: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, $11.7 million

Our take: They have two big-money players, Ferguson and Nick Mangold ($7.2 million), and it'll be three, assuming they re-sign free agent Austin Howard. That means they will take a low-cost approach at guard.

Wide receiver:

Total cap charge: $16.4 million

Percentage of total cap: 12.6

Players under contract: 9

Highest cap charge: Santonio Holmes, $10.75 million

Our take: The total charge for the position will be cut in half when they release Holmes -- an $8.25 million savings in 2014. That money will go immediately toward buying a new receiver in free agency.

Quarterback:

Total cap charge: $14.74 million

Percentage of total cap: 11.3

Players under contract: 3

Highest cap charge: Mark Sanchez, $13.1 million

Our take: The Jets will save $8.3 million, assuming Sanchez is released in the coming weeks. They will get hit with $4.8 million in dead money, the remnants of his 2012 contract extension. Without a huge quarterback salary choking their cap, the Jets have a wonderful opportunity to build the rest of their team.

Running back:

Total cap charge: $6.4 million

Percentage of total cap: 5.0

Players under contract: 5

Highest cap charge: Mike Goodson, $2.0 million

Our take: Goodson's roster spot could be in jeopardy, considering his off-the-field troubles and a $650,000 roster bonus. ... The Jets got plenty of bang for the buck at the position last season, considering the relatively modest salaries.

Tight end:

Total cap charge: $1.41 million

Percentage of total cap: 1.0 percent

Players under contract: 3

Highest cap charge: Chris Pantale and Zach Sudfeld, $495,000 apiece.

Our take: Obviously, this position looks a lot different without Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow, both of whom are free agents. It's safe to say the Jets will make tight end a priority in the offseason.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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