Originally Posted by Batmans A Scientist
It's not guaranteed. It just is $12M. Jason Smith is a one year player. If he does well and plays more than 31% of snaps. The Jets may try to work out a longer term deal, but if he's not good but plays more than 31% of snaps, the Jets will cut him and not get hit by the cap at all.
i guess the 'worst case' in the deal is if howard gets hurt or sux like hunter so they play smith most of the year, but then smith leaves after the season and the jets have once again no RT prospects. but unlike last offseason the jets would have more money to allocate to a FA RT, since they did address numerous holes this draft/offseason, and also they'd likely take a tackle in the first 2 rounds of the draft.
truth, the most likely scenario is that after the season they sign a competent FA RT to at least compete with howard, and then the draft one early on. the potential 'monkeywrench' in the whole thing is that if sanchez implodes this season, they may have to get another qb early on, but that still wouldn't diminish the need for a new Rt.