Originally posted on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 2/19/13
The New York Jets made a handful of long anticipated transactions today, releasing linebackers Calvin Pace and Bart Scott, safety Eric Smith, offensive lineman Jason Smith and waiving tight-end Josh Baker. The moves surprised nobody but marked an important turning of the page and a beginning of the arduous process of rebuilding the roster. Calvin Pace received a monster contract from the Jets heading into the 2008 season which he never lived up to. He peaked as a pass rusher in 2010 with 8 sacks in 12 games and this memorable take down of that Tom Brady guy in the Jets divisional round victory over New England. He has steadily declined since then and simply lacks the speed or explosiveness to be a full time player at this point of his career. His replacement currently isn’t on the Jets roster as they need to completely remake the outside linebacker position. It is going to take a multifaceted approach to replace Pace and the likely to retire Bryan Thomas, with the Jets spending a draft
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