The club’s has nearly $7 million it must carve off its payroll before the salary cap for the 2013 season takes effect Tuesday afternoon. The Cowboys had dipped under the figure, but its decision to place the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer means more financial maneuvering must take place.
Nose tackle Jay Ratliff, cornerback Orlando Scandrick, linebacker Dan Connor, backup quarterback Kyle Orton and guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau have all been approached about re-working their deals. Look for several of those to be finalized Monday.
While not all the players mentioned might help the Jets, there's some spare parts that could be of use to the Jets. A player like Ratliff would be well out of the Jets price range, and between trying to retain DeVito and Pouha, the chances that the Jets would go after someone like Ratliff are slim.
But other players like nickel/dime corner Orlando Scandrick, Nate Livings and to a lesser extent Bernadeau might be of interest. Scandrick has been an inconsistent nickel corner, but could bolster the spot for the Jets and Ryan would have a direct line into an assessment on Scandrick from his twin, former DC for the Cowboys Rob Ryan. Livings is a low-level starter and plays well in the running game and can generally tie up larger interior linemen and can hold his own in stunts and twists, but does have issues with quick one-gapping interior linemen. Also, I do note that there's a beleaguered journeyman quarterback in that group too ...