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    Quote Originally Posted by intelligentjetsfan View Post
    Salary cap hell.”

    That is how one league source described the Jets’ current salary cap situation. That may be an overstatement, but it is going to be one of the new general manager’s immediate challenges.

    ESPN reported yesterday the Jets are $19.4 million over the projected 2013 salary cap, the most in the NFL, and the perception of the situation may be scaring GM candidates away.

    League sources said at least two people have turned down the chance to even interview with the Jets because the salary cap situation scared them away. As much as has been made of the new GM being forced to keep Rex Ryan as head coach, the team’s salary cap health appears to be the bigger challenge.

    The circus-like atmosphere around the Jets has extended to the GM search, with several candidates still in the picture for owner Woody Johnson (pictured) to choose from.

    Former Browns GM Tom Heckert canceled his interview because of concerns over the cap, according to a source. The Jets have also seen Dave Caldwell (Jaguars) and Tom Telesco (Chargers) pick other teams over them.

    The Jets had three interviews yesterday with Dolphins assistant GM Brian Gaine, Steelers director of football and business administration Omar Khan and former Bears GM Jerry Angelo, according to sources. All have experience dealing with the cap.

    Today, the Jets will have three more interviews with Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik and two candidates whose names are not known, but are both former GMs in the league, according to a source.

    The Jets’ cap situation is not as bad as it appears on the surface, though. They carried $3.4 million over from 2012, ESPN reported.

    The Jets can easily maneuver their way under the cap by releasing linebacker Bart Scott, linebacker Calvin Pace, tackle Jason Smith and safety Eric Smith next month. That would save them $30.7 million. You can add another $1.5 million if they release quarterback Tim Tebow, as expected. Those moves would put them $12.8 million under the cap.

    The problem for the Jets is that leaves them with only 10 players who were starters this year under contract — QB Mark Sanchez, C Nick Mangold, T D’Brickashaw Ferguson, WR Santonio Holmes, WR Stephen Hill, NT Sione Po’uha, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, LB David Harris, CB Antonio Cromartie and CB Darrelle Revis. They will probably tender tackle Austin Howard, who is a restricted free agent, to bring the number to 11.

    Then, the Jets would have to hope some of their unproven draft picks from the last few years can step into starting roles. Backups such as RB Bilal Powell, DL Quinton Coples and G Vlad Ducasse may become starters in 2013. The Jets also may hope either Antonio Allen or Josh Bush can grab one of the safety spots.

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    Enter Charlie Casserly.

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    LOL

    Charlie Casserly said it best on NFL network earlier.

    "Cap situation? Hey, Fran, me and you are going to solve that right now. Cut Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Eric Smith and Jason Smith. That frees up about $20 million. Boom. We just solved the Jets cap issues in the time it took to do this segment."


    All of this crap about the Jets GM job not being attractive is nothing but whiny bullsh*t being concocted by the fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable View Post
    LOL

    Charlie Casserly said it best on NFL network earlier.

    "Cap situation? Hey, Fran, me and you are going to solve that right now. Cut Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Eric Smith and Jason Smith. That frees up about $20 million. Boom. We just solved the Jets cap issues in the time it took to do this segment."


    All of this crap about the Jets GM job not being attractive is nothing but whiny bullsh*t being concocted by the fans.
    Good point. But the gossip columnists are driving the fear train. However, keeping Rex the Clown is hurting our chances to hire a gm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patman View Post
    I don't think it is the cap space this year. The new GM gets to blame the old one for the mess and everybody knows it is a mess. With the exception of some posters who think that they are 10 guys better than Devito, Pace, Bell & Keller and Greene itching for the chance to earn 1 mil a year. If the jets were in cap hell next year, then the new gm would take a hit.

    The search is being hampered by a lack of talent and what talent there is is overpriced (Sanchez/Holmes/Harris)
    A Owner who may not meddle as much as Jones or Snyder can in no way be considered hands off.
    The existing HC being part of the interview team. When the owner trusts the HC with this, who is he going to back up when conflicts arise in the future?
    A job in the Northeast, with the rabid fans and even more rabid media.

    I disagree with Jason on the Cro scenario. Cro has a standard run of the mill NFL contract. Why it ever would be perceived as anything but escapes me. It is like he is assigning credit for the jets not screwing that one up.
    Here is why I am saying it with Cro and a handful of other players. Normally when you go in the way the Jets went in with these players there are limited avenues of escape. I know this is going to be a bad example because of just how bad he has been for the Jets, but if you compare the contract structure of a Roddy White to a Santonio Holmes (and remember when you do this that White when he signed was openly valued as less than Holmes) you have a player in White that if the team fell apart they had almost no choice but to keep him due to cap considerations. His dead money in year 3 of his extension is around 6.5 and the team is already deep in for $21 million or so.

    In Holmes the Jets leave themselves an out through the trade mechanism. Whites cap is bad regardless. Holmes is only bad if cut. His dead money is only $3.75 million via trade. The Jets only paid him around 16 million. The team that picks him up pays the balance. So the Jets give themselves cash relief and cap relief. Of course the trick is being able to find a trade partner and in Holmes case it isnt going to happen.

    if the Jets trade Cro they got him for 2 years at $13 million. Thats a steal. They create $8.25 million in cap room and only carry $2.5 million in dead money. Compare that to Wilfork in New England that has a more traditional style deal and you pay around $20 million for 2 years. If you needed to move him in year 3 the dead cost to NE is I believe 10.8 million and you lose around 2 million in cap room.

    The Jets are actually pretty progressive in terms of flexibility with their cap and their roster. Its a very different take than most teams. The problem with the strategy is twofold. One when the players all bust, as is the case with everyone but Cro, it does you no good and can become a negative as it may be now. Secondly it needs to mesh with your draft strategy which clearly is not the case with the Jets. By this I mean that if you are going to carry these types of cap hits you have to better insulate yourself in the event the players cant be traded. You do that by moving down in drafts and picking up quantities of players to fill the voids in the event of injury or ineffectiveness. This cap strategy prohibits the ability to fill the roster as NE did with those low level veterans that are big help in a pinch. You need to make up for that with the Packers draft philosophy of stockpiling low cost talent. Maybe Ill expand on that in an article but if the Jets had done that these problems would not exist for them.

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    Yeah, $10mil under the cap after cutting 3 guys that sick and make $10mil a piece is "cap hell." They say this every year about teams, especially the Jets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
    I think Rex is a bigger detriment, and that horror show press conference cannot be helping. The reality is that our cap is mostly fixable in one year, but 2013 will be painful. After that we should be in a good spot.
    this!!!

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