1) Sheldon Richardson, DE
The Jets are getting superstar production from a player still in the rookie deal of his contract. Sheldon is on a four year, 10 million dollar deal that expires in 2017. His cap number for this season is $2.7 million. Richardson is coming off of a Pro Bowl season in which he recorded 8 sacks. Still only 24 years old, Richardson should dominate this season at a bargain price.
2) Damon Harrison, DT
Damon Harrison has been one of the biggest bargains in football after being an un-drafted free agent out of William Penn. Harrison has become of the best 3-4 run-stuffing defensive tackles in all of football, as he put together 55 tackles last season. "Snacks" signed a tender this offseason and will make $2.3 million this season. Expect him to get big bucks on the open market next offseason.
3) Demario Davis, MLB
Another key Jet still on his rookie deal is Demario Davis. In his three seasons with the Jets, Davis has developed into a leader and a solid linebacker. He will count for $1.7 million against the cap this season. Demario recorded 116 tackles last season, and is entering a contract year. I am expecting good things from him in the Todd Bowles defense.
4) Eric Decker, WR
Decker is one of the higher paid Jets, as he signed for 5 years, 36 million last season. Eric will be the 18th highest paid receiver in football this season as he counts for $6.5 million against the cap. That is good value for someone who put up 74 catches and almost 1,000 yards in an offense that was not effective at all. With the addition of Brandon Marshall, I only expect Decker to get better.
5) Stevan Ridley, RB
This guy being a good value depends on how his knee is. Ridley missed most of last season in New England with a torn ACL, but recorded almost 1,300 yards in a season just a couple years ago. Ridley is powerful, a good receiver, and great fit in Chan Gailey's offense. With a base salary of $750,000, Ridley can become a major steal for the Jets.
1) D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT
There was once a time that D'Brickashaw Ferguson was one of the better tackles in football. But that was years ago, and now he is pretty average. He isn't paid like an average tackle. Ferguson counts for almost $12 million on the cap this season, as his 6 year, 60 million dollar deal does not expire until 2018. The Jets can find a way out of it after this season, which will most likely be the case. Ferguson is a good teammate and leader, but not worth his contract.
2) David Harris, MLB
I am happy that Mike Maccagnan resigned David Harris, but he is way overpaid. Harris got a 3 year, 21 million dollar contract from the Jets before free agency. Harris had a solid season last year, recording 124 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. He has been very durable, but at 31 years old should continue to regress.
3) Breno Giacomini, OT
Breno Giacomini was not good in his first year as a Jet. He wasn't horrible, but he constantly got beat by pass-rushers. The right tackle counts for $5.1 million against the Jets cap for this upcoming season. The one silver lining to his deal is that the Jets did not give big-time money to Austin Howard, who has become a potential backup in Oakland.
4) Dee Milliner, CB
I am still high on Dee Milliner for the future, but a fourth/fifth string corner counting for over $3 million on the cap is not good. Milliner was a first rounder just two years ago, but after tearing his achilles last season, who knows how he will come back. His contract expires in 2017. Hopefully he can develop and take over for Cromartie in the future.
5) Darrelle Revis, CB*
I love the Darrelle Revis signing. He is the best cornerback in football, but he's still overpaid. Revis counts for $16 million against the cap this season. I expect a huge season for Revis, but he still gets a spot on this list because of his age and his guaranteed money.