Two years ago when Maccagnan and Todd Bowles began their tenures with the Jets they rebuild the defensive backfield. Former Jets Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie were brought back, along with Skrine. Whoever bet on Skrine being the longest tenured of the group give yourself a pat on the back.
Skrine is the lone player remaining from that overhaul, which will surprise some. Cromartie was on his last legs, but the rapid decline of Revis was surprising to see. That leave Skrine as the last standing, but for how much longer?
The Jets originally signed Skrine intending him to play the slot, a spot that he was good at. But with injuries and ineffectiveness pushing him into a bigger role on the outside he has been exposed.
Skrine currently has the third highest cap hit on the Jets; that alone should make him a candidate for being released. Skrine is not worth the $8.5 million cap hit he is scheduled to be in 2017 and 2018. The question the Jets need to ask themselves is if Skrine is worth cutting.
He would be responsible for $5 million of dead space this season and $2.5 million in 2018. That would be a lot to for the Jets to just eat, but they could probably do better than Skrine sometime in the next two seasons.