Wide Receiver Eric Decker was the latest pink slip recipient, and joins a lengthy list of veterans who have been cut this offseason. Here is an article justifying each of those veterans being cut.
This man was a beloved Jet, no question about it. A staple at the center position for many seasons, Mangold definitely was not an easy cut based on what he’s done for the team. Based on his play and production, Mangold has always been solid. The issue with Mangold came from durability on a player who is getting up there in age (33). He has had some nagging injuries over the last two seasons, and last year just played 8 games for the team.
Giacomini’s tenure with Jets came to a fall out also due to durability, and below average production. He never solidified the right tackle position in a way that a team can hope for. Rating as a bottom right tackle in the league, consistently according to PFF. The Jets made a no-brainer decision, and allow Brandon Shell and Ben Ijalana to battle it out for the right tackle position. They also saved 4.5 million in cap space with the move.
After throwing a franchise-record breaking 30 touchdowns in the 2015 campaign, Fitzpatrick was a shell of that quarterback last year. After demanding a big contract, and holding out until the day right before training camp started, Fitzpatrick was benched multiple times last season. He was definitely not worth the money that the Jets spent on him after all that back and forth. He now accounts for $5 million in dead money for the team this year. Oddly, the Jets went on to replace Fitzpatrick with another journeyman quarterback in Josh McCown. A real head scratcher. Fitzpatrick will now be the back-up to Jameis Winston.
There’s no question when the Jets traded for Brandon Marshall, it was highway robbery. Exchanging a 5th round pick for Marshall and a 7th round pick from the Chicago Bears. After having a huge impact his first season contributing 1,502 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, Marshall struggled in year two with drops and consistently being a playmaker the Jets could depend on. It didn’t help that it was a revolving door at the quarterback position in Marshall’s defense. Although Marshall could have definitely helped a young quarterback grow. The Jets elected to cut Marshall due to a big cap hit, and to allow young receivers like Jalin Marshall and Robby Anderson to emerge.
The latest, and potentially the last veteran cut was Eric Decker. The team dropped Decker in order to prepare for a big 2018 offseason in which the team is going to have around $56 million in cap space. Decker, similar to Marshall, could have definitely helped a young quarterback develop. Which is why this move came as bit of a surprise, and pretty close to training camp. The Jets’ front office is committed to developing their young receivers, which made Decker expendable.
Boy, how the mighty have fallen. Darrelle’s original return to New York felt like LeBron James going back to Cleveland (to an extent). After last season, that feeling of him returning was long gone. After recovering from a wrist injury in the offseason going into the 2016 season, Revis’ year was an absolute disaster. A multitude of receivers had gotten time shares on Revis Island, even Marquise Goodwin. Revis comes with a big cap hit from cutting him. But with Revis playing so poorly, cutting him is addition by subtraction. A sad end to a great Jet career.
Another long-term beloved Jet. If the Jets didn’t trade Calvin Pryor for inside linebacker Demario Davis, there was a chance that Harris could sneak on to the 2017 roster. Alas the trade happened, and Harris, who has a lot of mileage on his tires, was let go. David Harris’ contract was a non-guaranteed agreement, saving the Jets $7.5 million in cap space for the season. Although this was a tough break-up, the move is better for both sides. Harris can go contribute to a contending team and the Jets save some money on the cap this season.