Originally Posted by Rexipus Rex
I think his troubles in that department are a function of poor decision-making, not the actual details of the contracts themselves.
Take Sanchez for example. Jason at nyjetscap said that his rookie deal was very intelligently constructed. The extension was so unnecessary, and that's more of a bad calculated decision. He got Sanchez at a cheaper price down the road, but that was under the poorly calculated assumption that he'd develop into a franchise signal caller.
I very seldom disagree with Jason's take on things regrading the cap, but this is one of those times. The construction of his rookie deal was such that it protected the jets on the possibility of him being a complete bust such as Demarcus Russell in that the guaranteed portion of the contract was small, however his salary would explode with incentives if the jets made the playoffs. And we know that it what happened. The bad thing for the jets was that Sanchez rode the coat tails or a good team and did not develop.
This was done with an eye to saving up front cap money that Tanny could use elsewhere short term..