The New York Jets have cleared more cap space as the Aaron Rodgers talks continue
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the New York Jets have cleared $15.2 million in cap space by restructuring the contracts of three veteran players: D.J. Reed, Laken Tomlinson, and Tyler Conklin. All three players were signed by the Jets as free agents in 2022.
The Jets have restructured the contracts of G Laken Tomlinson, CB DJ Reed and TE Tyler Conklin, creating $15.2M in cap space for 2023, per source.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 11, 2023
With these restructures, the Jets have now cleared a total of $23.8 million in cap space with five moves over the past few days. The Jets had already restructured C.J. Uzomah’s contract to clear $3.6 million in cap space, while the release of Braxton Berrios cleared another $5 million in space.
However, the Jets did add Chuck Clark onto their cap sheet, who is slated to have a cap hit of $4.1 million this season. The Jets acquired Clark from the Baltimore Ravens for a 2024 seventh-round pick.
Throwing in Clark’s contract, the Jets have cleared a total of $19.7 million in cap space this week.
That should be more than enough to fit in Rodgers, who is expected to have a cap hit of $15.7 million in 2023. It’s the future years that make his contract daunting. But Rodgers is expected to rework his contract to facilitate any trade, so it’s unknown what his cap hit in 2023 and beyond will actually be if he does indeed get traded.
Regardless of whether or not Rodgers comes in, the Jets needed cap space anyway if they had any hopes of adding players in free agency.
The NFL’s legal tampering window opens at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, March 13.