Originally Posted by Mainejet
They're definitely going to have to play hard ball with many starters. But they can also renegotiate contracts that pay the very same amount, just different alotted amounts for each and every cap year.
Also, I remembered as a normal practice, Mike Tannenbaum always tried to get the largest amounts of new contracts up front so in later years the cap hit was rather small in comparison. I'd like to see how many contracts that is the case with.
I also think a lot of players would be willing to renegotiate or actually take a pay cut just to stick with the team. Call me crazy, but I think that will be the case with a lot of players. I think the players realize there's a lot of talent on the team and they could still potentially win a championship before they retire if they are willing to make some amends.
But that's just it. Restructuring contracts to move money into the future to clear up cap space for 2013 is exactly what a smart GM will not do under any circumstances - because there is no conceivable way this team competes for a title with the hot garbage it will have under center. I'm ok with deciding to mortgage the future for a real shot at a ring - that's not always the right decision, but at least it's a reasonable one. But mortgaging the future to land talent for a team that will be mediocre at best
is flat out idiotic. Jets need to take their medicine, clear as many bad contracts as they can, and gear up to make a run in 2014-2016. That means drafting well, not signing big FAs, letting mid-level players who want big $ (Keller, Greene) walk out the door, and living with a horrific record in 2013.