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Cap Space Projection for the Jets Final 53-man roster

The New York Jets still have a lot of cap space work if they want to continue to fill holes this offseason.

The New York Jets still could use depth at safety and linebacker. Unfortunately, they are butting up against the cap as it is and might be right at the number by the regular season.

Let’s look at a projection of the 53-man roster from a cap space perspective.

Projecting Jets Cap Space for Final 53-man roster

Every team has a baseline cap number, but every team’s cap number isn’t the same.

The league started with a salary cap of $255,400,000. According to the NFLPA Public Salary Cap Report, the Jets carried over $4,746,494 from 2023. That would also mean they made $934,764 in adjustments as well. That gives them their final total of $261,081,258.

Dead cap

Here are the players that are projected to count as dead cap for 2024.

Laken Tomlinson $10,740,000
John Franklin-Myers $9,056,000
Zach Wilson $8,457,670
C.J. Uzomah $5,921,668
Carl Lawson $5,860,000
Duane Brown $4,728,000
Jordan Whitehead $3,300,000
Mecole Hardman $2,000,000
Quinton Jefferson $1,540,000
Israel Abanikanda $252,285
Braiden McGregor $220,000
Michael Carter $201,840
Zaire Barnes $145,176
Jarius Monroe $125,000
Jarrick Bernard-Converse $123,288
Jimmy Ciarlo $110,000
Shemar Bartholomew $105,000
Al Blades Jr. $100,000
Nick Bawden $100,000
Tyreek Johnson $50,000
Brady Latham $47,500
Tyler Harrell $25,000
Marcus Riley $15,000
Lincoln Sefcik $12,500
Willie Tyler $5,000
Myles Jones $3,500
Jackson Sirmon $2,500

Total Dead Money: $53,246,927
Cap Space: $207,834,331

Practice Squad

The practice squad counts against the salary cap. Players with two or fewer accrued seasons have a set salary ($12,500 per week, including the Bye), and players with more than two accrued seasons can negotiate with a range of $16,800 – $21,300. A maximum of 16 players are allowed on the practice squad, with a maximum of 10 with two or fewer accrued seasons and a maximum of six with two or more.

Note: For this exercise, we will use the maximum possible cap hit.

Practice squad cap hit: $4,550,400
Cap Space: $203,283,931

53-man roster cap space projection

Player Position Cap Hit
Aaron Rodgers
Tyrod Taylor $2,800,000
Jordan Travis $858,569
Breece Hall
Running Back
Braelon Allen $927,175
Isaiah Davis $858,569
Garrett Wilson
Wide Receiver
Mike Williams $2,724,000
Malachi Corley $1,104,265
Allen Lazard $12,184,000
Jason Brownlee $925,000
Xavier Gipson $920,000
Irvin Charles $915,000
Tyler Conklin
Tight End
Jeremy Ruckert $1,375,883
Kenny Yeboah $1,322,647
Morgan Moses
Tyron Smith $2,900,000
Olu Fashanu $3,729,220
Carter Warren $1,101,080
Max Mitchell $1,184,007
Alijah Vera-Tucker
John Simpson $3,210,000
Joe Tippmann $1,899,910
Wes Schweitzer $2,028,235
Jake Hanson $1,100,000
Haason Reddick
Quinnen Williams $20,400,000
Javon Kinlaw $2,850,000
Jermaine Johnson II $3,569,303
Will McDonald IV $3,709,469
Solomon Thomas $3,000,000
Leki Fotu $2,380,000
Micheal Clemons $1,176,024
Eric Watts $801,666
Leonard Taylor $798,333
C.J. Mosley
Quincy Williams $7,150,000
Jamien Sherwood $1,143,714
Chazz Surratt $985,000
D.J. Reed
Ahmad Gardner $9,122,945
Michael Carter II $3,448,232
Isaiah Oliver $2,500,000
Brandin Echols $1,098,548
Qwan’Tez Stiggers $858,569
Chuck Clark
Tony Adams $988,334
Ashtyn Davis $1,292,500
Jaylen Key $815,183
Thomas Morstead
Greg Zuerlein $1,882,118
Thomas Hennessy $1,385,000
Total Cap Space $261,081,258
Total Cap Liabilities $202,300,660
Dead Money $53,246,927
Practice Squad $4,550,400
Projected Final Cap Space $983,271

The Jets still need to do work to get that number higher. They should restructure Quinnen Williams and extend Haason Reddick to make that happen. Those two moves would open up $21,280,000. That’s enough of a buffer for 2024 with a potential carryover into 2025.

Main Photo: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


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