Originally Posted by patman
The guy is an average GM, he is not a cap genius, he is just willing to push money into the future by buying on credit. A cap genius would not have signed contracts that would be paying Pace and Scott 20 mill this year.
I understand that the jets are 5.6 under the cap, (by the way why is that number valid, while the # that espn posted about the jets being 18mil over next year are questioned?) But about 1/3 of that will be used on the PS and some of it will be used up paying bonus for incentives met. Some of it will most likely be used to sign a FA during the year as an injury replacement also.
Lets give credit where its due (same with blame), Tanny is extremely adept at manuevering the cap. We can stay away from the genius label, as thats over used, but every time some talking head comes out with a list of teams that are in cap hell, the Jets are very often on it. And then, when FA comes, they are able to move things around and make it work and make necessary moves. Doesn't mean that they can always go for the top player, but the Jets have always been able to make the salary cap work for them. And, while people on this board conveniently ignore it, you can't go for the splashy moves every year. Sometimes the Jets are players in FA, sometimes they aren't. You can make the typical "credit card" argument, but the Jets success with the cap hasn't merely been short term - its been that way for a number of years now.
Considering how "top heavy" the Jets are (and have been) in terms of talent, its pretty remarkable that the Jets have not lost anyone to Free Agency in recent history. The most significant Free Agent defection has been Brad Smith - not all that damaging.
Tanny has been hit or miss with the draft and has too frequently gone for quality over quantity, and his actual FA acquisitions (on the talent side) haven't always paid off. From that perspective, I'd agree that he's about average. But, I trust the guy completely when it comes to managing the cap.