The New York Jets have announced that LB Calvin Pace, LB Bart Scott, S Eric Smith, and OT Jason Smith have been cut. TE Josh Baker, who is not a vested veteran, has been waived. By making these moves, the Gang Green cleared over $31M in salary cap space.
Eric Smith was a 3rd round pick in 2006 and has been with the Jets ever since. He's started in 36 games, recorded 3.5 sacks, 6 interceptions and 25 pass defenses.
Calvin Pace was signed as a free agent in 2008 and never really became a pass-rushing force the Jets wanted him to be. He's started in 71 games for the Jets, recording 28 sacks, 2 interceptions and forcing 12 fumbles.
Bart Scott arrived as a free agent at the beginning of Rex Ryan's era in 2009. Scott's performances have steadily declined in the last two seasons, which prompted the Jets to release him and save over $7M of cap space. Scott started in 60 games for the Gang Green, recording 299 tackles (216 solo), 9 sacks, 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles.
Jason Smith, a former 2nd pick overall with the Rams, was acquired in a trade for OT Wayne Hunter and didn't start a single game.
Pace, Scott and both Smiths become instant free agents. Baker will be subject to the waiver process.