New York Jets guard James Carpenter prior to hosting the...

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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