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Jets restructure James Carpenter’s 2016 salary

New York Jets guard James Carpenter prior

New York Jets guard James Carpenter prior to hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 Credit: Lee S. Weissman

BOCA RATON, Fla. — In an effort to clear more salary-cap space, the Jets converted $3.69 million of James Carpenter’s $4.45 million base salary in 2016 into a signing bonus, a source confirmed to Newsday.

By doing so, the team will create $2.46 million in cap room.

With the recent free-agent signings of nose tackle Steve McLendon and defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (whose deal still is not yet official), salary-cap maneuvers were expected to be made.

Expect more moves if and when the Jets re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets also need to set aside about $5 million for their incoming draft class.

By converting a portion of Carpenter’s base salary, the left guard’s cap number over the next two seasons will jump to around $6.8 million. But by then, the Jets should have much more salary-cap room and flexibility.

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