The New York Jets will not part with cornerback Buster Skrine as the next step in their wide-ranging roster moves this offseason, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
Skrine is currently signed through the 2018 season, and would cost the organization $5 million in a dead money charge if they cut him, a figure that falls to $2 million next year. He is owed $8.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
The Jets have created nearly $80 million in cap space as a result of their roster moves this offseason, a treasure chest with which they are expected to continue their rebuild.
A seventh-year pro, Skrine joined the Jets before the 2015 season after four years in Cleveland, emerging as their top slot cornerback, but was moved to the starting outside position in 2016 after the departure of starter Antonio Cromartie.
It’s possible Skrine could move back to his former position this season, if the team retains the defensive alignment they tried out in OTAs and minicamp. Coaches featured Claiborne and Juston Burris as their starting corners in the nickel formation, with Skrine in the slot, over their recent practices.
If Burris emerges as a quality starter over the summer, then they can move Skrine back into the position they think he can most help the team.
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