First step in the road to recovery

In the New York Jets' caste system, Calvin Pace and Bart Scott were old money. They represented the extravagant spending years of 2008 and 2009, respectively, when the Jets attacked free agency with a red-hot checkbook.

To sign Pace, they outlasted Bill Parcells and the Miami Dolphins in a bidding war. They practically threw themselves at Scott, showing up on his doorstep at midnight for the first minute of free agency.

As a result, they overpaid for both, throwing crazy money at a couple of average to solid football players.

The meter stopped running Tuesday, when the Jets released Pace and Scott in anticipated salary dumps. The two linebackers walk away from owner Woody Johnson's mint having collected about $30 million apiece.

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