Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jets release TE Chris Baker, RG Brandon Moore next?

The salary cuts keep coming. Chris Baker will be cut soon. He was due a $2.1 million dollar roster bonus and $9 million dollars over the next three years. Dustin Keller all but rendered Chris Baker as a blocking tight end, and the Jets will likely target a blocking tight end either in free agency or in the draft.

More sobering news regards Brandon Moore. The starting right guard is due a $7 million dollar roster bonus, an amount the Jets clearly don't want to pay. On Friday night the Jets met with Moore's agent and offered him a restructured contract. Moore balked, and it appears as if the Jets will let him go.

This is a big loss for the Jets. Despite being the only non-first round pick on the offensive line, he was the best run-blocker on the team. But it's hard to handsomely pay all five starters on the offensive line in the salary cap era, and Moore appears to be an unfortunate casualty.

He came in as an undrafted free agent defensive tackle before the 2002 season. He could be leaving seven years later as the top offensive guard in the free agent market.

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