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Jets purge big salaries

Jets coach Rex Ryan sends in linebacker Bart Scott, whose release on Tuesday saves the team $7.2 million of salary cap space.

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Jets coach Rex Ryan sends in linebacker Bart Scott, whose release on Tuesday saves the team $7.2 million of salary cap space.

NEW YORK — The Jets cleared $31.8 million in salary cap space Tuesday by cutting four veterans — linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith and offensive lineman Jason Smith.

They were the first significant personnel decisions made by new general manager John Idzik, who inherited a team about $26.3 million over the projected $121 million cap for 2013.

Scott, 32, made just 60 tackles last season, during which his streak of 119 games played ended because of a torn ligament in his right big toe. His release saves the Jets $7.2 million.

Pace, 32, signed with the Jets in 2008 and had 15 sacks over his first two years. But injuries limited him to 13 over the past three. His release saves $8.6 million.

Jason Smith, 26, the No. 2 overall pick by the Rams in 2009, was a backup all season. Because of a roster bonus of $11.25 million due, his release saves $12 million.

Eric Smith, 29, was a standout on special teams and occasional starter at safety. His release saves $3 million.

Players don't trust Goodell

NEW YORK — Union president Domonique Foxworth said the players don't trust commissioner Roger Goodell. The ex-cornerback added he wouldn't be able to persuade players to have faith in the league even if he wanted to.

"There have been a number of events to lead players to believe they cannot trust the league," Foxworth said. "There was a bridge beginning to be built, and then there were some recent events that kind of broke that bridge again."

Foxworth said the players are seeking checks and balances such as a neutral arbitrator. He cited the Saints bounty scandal that saw former commissioner Paul Tagliabue vacate all of the suspensions.

"When things like that happen," Foxworth said, "it's hard for our players to believe that the league has their best interests in mind."

Chiefs: Receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss were released. Breaston signed a $22.5 million, five-year deal before the 2011 season but caught only seven passes in 10 games last season. Boss signed a $9 million, three-year deal last offseason but sustained a season-ending concussion in Week 2.

Ravens: The team will meet with quarterback Joe Flacco's agent this weekend in the first attempt to reach a new contract. The Super Bowl MVP can become an unrestricted free agent in March if the Ravens don't designate him a franchise player.

Redskins: Quarterback Robert Griffin III, coming off surgery to two torn ligaments (including his ACL) in his right knee, said he hopes to return by Week 1. But, he tweeted, "That doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so."

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