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Shaking out the roster

New York Jets football coach Rex Ryan, left,

New York Jets football coach Rex Ryan, left, and team owner Woody Johnson are interviewed on the "America�s Nightly Scoreboard" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Ryan says he's "certainly proud" of his upcoming book, a no-holds-barred look at the New York Jets coach's life on and off the football field. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Richard Drew

With the lockout finally over, the Jets will finally get the chance to start assembling their roster for the 2011 campaign.

Suffice to say, Rex Ryan, GM Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson have a lot of key decisions to make as the Jets prepare to open training camp in New Jersey on Sunday.

The Jets have a whoppping 18 free agents and there's no way they'll be able to keep them due to the $120 million salary cap. They are somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.2 million over the cap, and that of course is befeore they even attempt to re-sign anyone or ink any of their draft picks.

They can begin negotiating with any free agents -- their own and those on other teams -- tomorrow. However, no contracts can be signed before Friday, when full free agency starts. The waiver period is supposed to commence on Thursday and teams can also begin terminating contracts then.

In the meantime, the Jets will open the doors of their Florham Park, N.J. training facility to those who are under already contract first thing tomorrow. But it's only for conditioning, training and some classroom work.

For a quick refresher, here's who's unsigned:


QB Kellen Clemens
CB Marquice Cole
CB Drew Coleman
CB Antonio Cromartie
WR Braylon Edwards
DE Shaun Ellis

OL Wayne Hunter
WR Santonio Holmes
DB James Ihedigbo
PK Nick Folk
LB Lance Laury
WR Brodney Pool

DT Trevor Pryce
FB Tony Richardson
WR Brad Smith
WR Eric Smith
OL Robert Turner
P Steve Weatherford

*-- 2011 franchise player


DE Muhammad Wilkerson
QB Greg McElroy
DT Kenrick Ellis
RB Bilal Powell
WR/KR Jeremy Kerley
WR Scotty McKnight


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