Monday, July 1, 2013
How the Jets spent their money
By Rich Cimini
Tanner 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.