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Calvin Pace | Linebacker | #97

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (18) / ARZ
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ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini does not expect impending free agent OLB Calvin Pace to re-sign.
The 35-year-old has been with the Jets since 2008, but New York is looking for new pass-rushing blood after struggling to get outside pressure last season. If Pace leaves, 2015 third-round pick Lorenzo Mauldin would be the top returning outside linebacker. Finding edge rushers should be a top priority for the Jets this offseason. Sat, Jan 30, 2016 11:35:00 AM
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Jets exercised OLB Calvin Pace's 2015 option.

Pace will be brought back at a $2.125 million base salary. He hasn't missed a start since 2010, but showed major signs of decline last year. Pace won't prevent the Jets from upgrading at outside linebacker this offseason.
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 02:52:00 PM

Jets re-signed OLB Calvin Pace to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Pace revived his career during a quiet 10-sack 2013 campaign, adding 53 tackles and two forced fumbles. He hasn't missed a start since 2010. Pace remains a worthwhile contributor, but is going on age 34. The Jets need to begin targeting a true franchise pass rusher to book end Quinton Coples. After signing Eric Decker, perhaps they'll pursue one in the draft's first round.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 03:56:00 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets have yet to engage in contract talks with free agent OLB Calvin Pace.

The Jets are on the record as wanting Pace back, but prefer to slow play talks. With Pace going on 34, the sides will likely haggle over years. Pace will undoubtedly push for 2-3, with the Jets insisting on one. Pace is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, notching 53 tackles and 10 sacks as a 16-game starter.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 02:28:00 PM

The Jets are "very interested" in re-signing impending free agent OLB Calvin Pace.

Pace, 33, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He started all 16 games for the third consecutive season and recorded 53 tackles and a career-best 10 sacks. The Jets still need to be eyeing younger pass rushers in the draft this year, but re-signing Pace to a one-year deal would make plenty of sense.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 02:04:00 PM

Jets re-signed OLB Calvin Pace to a one-year deal.

Pace was released by the Jets in a February salary cap purge. He'll get penciled back into the starting lineup opposite Antwan Barnes, but the Jets should still be pursuing pass-rushing help. Pace, 32 and declining sharply, has recorded a total of 13 sacks over the last three seasons.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 09:27:00 AM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini "wouldn't be shocked" if the Jets re-signed free agent OLB Calvin Pace.

Pace, 32, was released in February, and he has drawn zero known interest. There's said to be some "pro-Pace sentiment" within the Jets' organization. The ten-year veteran started all 16 games in 2012, recording 55 tackles and three sacks.
Sun, Apr 14, 2013 09:32:00 AM

Jets released OLB Calvin Pace.

The Jets also released veteran S Eric Smith and OT Jason Smith, while TE Josh Baker was waived. The expected series of moves clears roughly $24 million in space for a team that was estimated to be $23 million over the cap. The only surprise is that Bart Scott isn't joining his former teammates on the street. Perhaps he's amenable to returning at a bargain-basement price, but he'll likely be cut loose soon enough. The Jets still aren't in a good cap situation, but now have room to breathe. Even if Scott ends up sticking around, Pace and company won't be the last veteran Jets to be handed their walking papers. Going on 33, Pace started 32 of a possible 32 games the past two seasons, but is far from the disruptive force he was upon first arriving in New York in 2008. He'll likely be limited to incentive-laden, one-year offers on the open market.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 01:27:00 PM

The Jets are expected to release OLB Calvin Pace, ILB Bart Scott, OT Jason Smith, and S Eric Smith as soon as the waiver period opens in February.

Pace has been one of the least productive pass rushers in the league over the past three seasons. The moves will save $8.56 million on Pace, $7.15 million on Scott, $12 million on Jason Smith, and $3 million on Eric Smith while accounting for just $4.5 million in dead money. The Jets will have still little cap space with just 10 starters under contract.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 03:06:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan assessed OLB Calvin Pace (foot) as "only 20 percent healthy" by the end of last season.

Pace had surgery to repair a broken right foot in late August, and never regained his explosion. Pro Football Focus rated Pace in the bottom five outside linebackers in pass-rushing effectiveness. There's plenty of room for improvement now that Pace is healthy.
Wed, Aug 3, 2011 03:26:00 PM

Calvin Pace ranked among the bottom five outside linebackers in a pass-rushing effectiveness study recently published by ProFootballFocus.com.

The study basically factors in sacks, hits, and pressures divided by pass-rushing opportunities. Pace's failure to generate consistent pressure leaves outside linebacker as a top need going into the draft. The Chiefs' Tamba Hali ranked as the top outside linebacker, the Pats' Mike Wright as the top interior lineman, and the Eagles' Brandon Graham as the top rookie in PFF's study.
Wed, Mar 16, 2011 05:39:00 PM

Jets OLB Calvin Pace said his surgically repaired foot might not be 100 percent until the offseason, but he feels well enough to start.

"I don't know if he's 100 percent, but I think he'll be just fine come Sunday," coach Rex Ryan said of Pace. Ryan admitted the linebacker was "really" sore after his return in Week 5, but he was able to play in Week 6. The lingering soreness could certainly affect Pace's production this season.
Tue, Oct 26, 2010 12:20:00 PM

Jets coach Rex Ryan said that LB Calvin Pace's surgically repaired foot was "really sore" Wednesday.

Pace made his 2010 debut Monday night and had 1.5 sacks. His status for Week 6 is up in the air. "Right now, it would be tough for [Pace] to play," Ryan said. "I think he's going to get better and better as the week goes on."
Thu, Oct 14, 2010 11:44:00 AM

When asked how LB Calvin Pace's return would impact the unit, Jets' defensive coordinator Mike Pettine remarked, "It'll be a rotation."

Pace is expected to make his season debut Monday against the Vikings. He'll rotate with Jason Taylor, who has done a great job filling in with Pace sidelined. The Jets sport one of the league's top defenses without Pace, and the pass-rushing linebacker's return marks an upgrade for everyone on the unit.
Sat, Oct 9, 2010 09:29:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Jets LB Calvin Pace (foot) did not travel with the team to Buffalo, and has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Bills.

Jason Taylor, normally a passing down specialist at this stage of his career, has done an admirable job filling as a full-time ROLB, and shouldn't be a major downgrade against the Bills.
Sat, Oct 2, 2010 05:12:00 PM

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