As with all things-- BILLS included-- Money rules. So. For this updated version of the 53 man roster, I've decided to add this years cap values next to each players name. This makes the challenge of fielding the 53man roster vastly more difficult. Some things to note:
--by popular demand I've slotted D.Jones in as the 6th WR (and gunner)
--I've also slotted Thigpen in at QB2 with the belief that we will NOT take a QB in this year's draft. I assume Lee (our new QB coach) will have his hands full coaching up Fitz this offseason. Once he's had a chance to mold Fitz into the best QB he can be, THEN we will draft a developmental QB (2013 draft) so Lee can focus his attention there. That also logically coincides with contracts Thigpen and Fitz were given.
--I'm toying with the idea of moving S.McKlellin to sOLB since he knows Wannsteadt's system & was brought in because Stache trusts him. I think he could be a good 2 down fit there, and would alleviate an obvious need.
--S.Johnson wants 7.5million/year. does he deserve to be the HIGHEST paid player on the team? I don't know. But I do know that CHIX seems to favor paying his proven veterans somewhere in the range of 4-6million/year (as evidenced by the contracts penned under his reign). It doesn't then surprise me that CHIX's first offer was 5.5million, and I have serious doubts he'll want to go much higher.
--Also, unless I'm missing something, I think DJ's estimate that this years rookie class will get 11million seems high. Based on C.J.Spiller's contract (3.02million) and B.Gabbert's contract last year (3.o million, he was the #10 pick last year), I think our #10 pick will be worth somewhere from 3- 3.3million, not the 4.64million we paid for a #3pick (Dareus).
Regardless, here's the breakdown, along with cap room totals as per the JETS cap blog DJ posted earlier in the week. Click to make it bigger!
(oh, and if S.Routt is signed, look for him to get paid similar to D.Florence, +/-4.5-5million/year)