Originally Posted by crasherino
Agree with that, but, as you suggest, the Jets could eat $3 million of it and have him re-negotiate going forward. That may be palatable for another team and is certainly palatable for the Jets.
The guy is owed 17 mill from the jets. This is about 40% of all the money he would have made in his career. Why would he ever take a pay cut from guaranteed money that he negotiated so that the jets did not have to give him a bonus for his extension. It makes 10X more sense for him to collect his money next year, get cut and find a new deal with his choice of teams in 2014, with the team still owing him 4.5 guaranteed in 2014 from the extension.
This is a guy who may never get to play as a starter again in his career, He does not even have the 5 years to be vested into the pension. There is a better chance that a piano falls on him.