New York Jets Release 5 Players, Including Scott & Pace

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Coming off a 6-10 season, the New York Jets cleaned house Tuesday, releasing five players.

Gang Green said goodbye to linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith, backup offensive lineman Jason Smith and tight end Josh Baker. The move saves the Jets $30.7 million, putting them $5.7 million under the salary cap.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement, “Every one of these players was a major contributor to our football team….It was an honor to coach each of these men. They are tremendous people as well as outstanding football players.”

After appearing in the AFC Championship Game in Ryan’s first two seasons at the helm, the Jets have failed to qualify for the post-season the last two years.

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