On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Jets announced the dismissal of linebackers Calvin Pace and Bart Scott, which gives every indication that the linebacker core will look very different for the upcoming 2013 season.
The move also comes with the announcement of releasing safety Eric Smith, tight end Josh Baker and offensive tackle Jason Smith, who they acquired from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for Wayne Hunter.
Last week, news broke that linebacker Bryan Thomas had applied for admission into a special probation program after assaulting his wife as well as being caught with possession of painkillers and marijuana paraphernalia. It’s likely that he and the Jets will part ways as a result of the incident, but also due to the fact that Thomas is old and just wasn’t producing on the field.
Aside from Thomas, the Jets appear to be thin on the depth chart at linebacker with David Harris as the only solid linebacker on the team who is not going anywhere. The other linebackers include Nick Bellore, Garrett McIntyre and second-year man Demario Davis. Davis is young, so it’s uncertain about how he will turn out, but McIntyre and Bellore are not starters and are most certainly not long-term solutions for the Jets linebacker crew.
The Jets will definitely bring in players to fill in the shoes of Scott and Pace and they have acknowledged that this is a high level of concern. Whether they go out to free agency or go into the draft to get some young talent, the Jets linebacker core will look very different when training camp rolls around in August, that’s for sure.