At the beginning of February, the Jets’ salary cap situation was a frightening one. As the weeks went on, contracts were shredded, and dollars were freed. Most of the decisions weren’t worth arguing.
Mike Tannenbaum’s salary cap purge was making sense for the team. All of the moves were logical—except one.
Releasing Brandon Moore looked like the classic cliché. The nose was being chopped off to spite the face, so-to-speak. The longest-tenured member of the offensive line was being made free fir 31 other teams.
Chemistry is not something to be tampered with. The Jets had one of their best offensive lines in years, and they thought it would be a good idea to release Moore. Some fans were on board with the decision, most others thought it was a mistake.
Regardless of how fans felt, Moore wasn’t pleased with the decision either. His scheduled roster bonus was set to cost the Jets $7 million in necessary cap space.
After being released he told reporters, “They wanted me to take less money. For whatever reason, unbeknownst to me, they didn’t feel my value was there…I wasn’t going to take anything less. I thought what I was getting wasn’t unreasonable.”
His new contract is reported to be worth $16 million over the next four years with $10 million guaranteed.