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Posted by Mike Florio on September 1, 2008, 8:42 a.m.

It’s widely believed that safety John Lynch, who was cut by the Patriots on Sunday, will re-sign with the team after Week One. The apparent goal by the Patriots is to avoid owing Lynch his full salary for 2008 if it’s determined early on that the relationship isn’t working out.

Under the CBA, a player with four or more years of service make elect to take the balance of their salary as “termination pay” if they’re on the opening-day roster and thereafter cut.

But the New York Jets might try to disrupt this plan.

The Jets made a serious run at Lynch before he signed in New England, and if they were to match his deal in New England and put him on the Week One roster (thereby guaranteeing the whole thing), Lynch might be tempted.

But the Jets don’t have a lot of cap room. And the Patriots aren’t stupid (except when they drafted Chad Jackson . . . and when they got caught last year videotaping defensive coaching signals at a time when they knew that teams were onto their tactics). They wouldn’t cut Lynch with an intention to re-sign him if they had any reason to believe he’d sign with the Jets.

Besides, it sounds like Lynch already knows he’ll be back.

“I have no regrets about my time thus far with the Patriots,” Lynch said on Sunday in a statement released by the team. “The immense respect that I’ve long held for the organization has been only heightened over the past couple of weeks. I am going to keep all options open and look forward with excitement to see what the future brings.”

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