Already boasting a ton of cap space, the Jets now have even more room to work with.
The Jets announced Tuesday that they're not picking up contract options on safety Terrence Brooks, DT Mike Pennel and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis.
The 26-year-old Brooks just completed the first season of a two-year deal. His option was for $200,000 and he was due $1.6 million in 2019, so the move clears $1.8 million of cap space for the Jets. Brooks appeared in 31 of a possible 32 games for the Jets over the last two seasons, starting once.
Pennel, 27, signed a three-year deal last year worth up to $12 million. ESPN reported there was a deadline Tuesday for the Jets to pick up a $1 million option bonus. By declining the option, the Jets are clearing about $1.7 million in cap space. Pennel played in all 16 games for the Jets each of the last two seasons, starting in 10 of those games. Pennel was claimed by the Jets off waivers from Green Bay in early 2017 before earning the three-year deal last offseason.
Pierre-Louis was signed to a two-year, $6 million contract last March but was suspended the first four games this season and was placed on the injured reserve prior to Week 17. He had seven tackles, including a sack and forced fumble, in nine games for the Jets.