Dead Money: Other Team’s Players Counting Against New York Jets Cap

Michael McLaughlin on former New York Jets who are still counting against the team’s salary cap…

What do Darrelle Revis, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Eric Decker all have in common? They’re three of the nine former Jets who are still counting against the team’s salary cap.

In economic terms, the Jets have lots of sunk costs — a cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered. In football terms, that is dead money. Only the Ravens have more counting against their 2017 salary cap than New York ($17.6 million).

That generally means an organization has handed out several contracts that were either too long, too expensive, or both. 

Below is review of the players who are counting as dead money against the Jets cap and where they stand with their current teams. Revis is the only one of such players who is not currently on an NFL roster. Note that this does not include players such as David Harris, who does not count as dead money according to


New York Jets Positional Preview – Fullback?

Michael McLaughlin previews the New York Jets fullback position…

Both tight end and fullback were virtually non-existent positions in the New York Jets offense over the past two seasons. With the addition of offensive coordinator John Morton and a West Coast offense, both may be making a return. Below, we take a look at the two players battling to be the team’s fullback… (more…)

2017 NFL Draft – Do Safe Prospects Exist?

Michael McLaughlin on if “safe” prospect exist in the NFL Draft…

Every NFL draft features certain prospects who are labeled safe. Some are projected to be stars while others have physical limitations but a low floor for their potential. Michael McLaughlin examines recent drafts to see if such players have produced as expected.

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New York Jets – A Tale of Two McCowns

Michael McLaughin on New York Jets QB Josh McCown history of playing with young wide receivers…

Josh McCown will help the New York’s young wide receivers develop, right? The logic is that he will bring a stabilizing, veteran presence, be able to properly read coverages and throw accurate enough to not stunt the growth of players such as Quincy Enunwa, Robbie Anderson and Charone Peake. Is that true, though? Continue reading “New York Jets – A Tale of Two McCowns”

Positional Spending: Should Both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker be Cut?

Michael McLaughlin on the New York Jets spending at the wide receiver position and how they should handle it this offseason…

Only four teams in the NFL have more of their 2017 cap dedicated to wide receivers than the New York Jets.  That begs the question, should a team in its current state dedicate so many resources to the position? Continue reading “Positional Spending: Should Both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker be Cut?”

New York Jets – How Not to Spend Money

Michael McLaughlin on the New York Jets best and worst deals currently compromising their salary cap

The New York Jets have a spending problem. More specifically, the team has struggled to get value out of the investments it has made in players. While the organization used its last eight first round draft picks on defensive players, the cap hits for the offense and defense in 2016 are nearly identical. The numbers are a little over $67 and $68 million respectively.

As is expected with a 4-9 team, however, the roster is not filled with players outplaying their contracts. Below, I look at some individual players and position groups (this is not an exhaustive list) to evaluate the quality of personnel decisions made. All contract numbers are taken from, and the NFL salary cap for 2016 is 155,270,000. The 2017 cap is not yet known.

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