I'm guessing the leaks are coming from Rex's tatoo artist.
That sounds like a reasonable offset to account for the somewhat unique NY/NJ housing market.
You've got to figure that a GM will be making seven figures over 3 - 4 years, so the $1 million towards a house is a nice signing bonus. Insignificant from the team's budgeting point of view, but goes a long way towards the candidate comparing his lifestyle in NJ vs Jax or anywhere else. A GM won't care as much about the state income tax if he knows he now has a $1m down payment on his $2.25 million house he is buying without taking a penny out of his savings.
Makes total sense and is something that probably needs to be done across the board to obtain the services of sought after personnel. After all, I'm sure the Jets took in more money naming their practice facility then the Chiefs, Jaguars or Panthers did. That money needs to be used to offset the high cost of living for the CS and FO.
You can't just focus on the Jets side of the "leaks," since there is another side involved, i.e., the GM candidates.
King couldve very well got that info from Caldwell's agent.
I don't get this conspiracy theory by some that all these stories are made up. There's many different places to get info from in these type of situations.
Well we do know that Woody's jet was in ATL the morning of the presser.
Makes you think Woody was doing everything he could to have a GM for that presser.
Making it into "Wow, the jets must REALLY have wanted him!!!! AND THEY FAILED AGAIN, HAR, HAR, HAR!!!!!!" is questionable analysis.
Also, a leak could be from outside the Org 9as you say) and being made up for their own good, i.e. if you want the jags to pay for a $500,000 house allowance, you tell them the Jets offered you a $1,000,000 housing allowence.......even if they didn't. You "leak" it anonymously to King, and King of course runs it (any chance to slight us as failing), and then you walk the article into the Jags owners office and say, "hey look, $500k isn't so bad is it?".
But I think there is an important distinction here that is overlooked. Let's use Mehta for an example. I think ever single article he has written is completely accurate as to what he was told.
The sources, as you pointed out, may have alterior motives and may not be providing reporters with complete or accurate information.
Reporters who make up stories don't merely lose their jobs, they lose their careers. We've seen it before. I think we need to know more in order to believe that Mehta or anyone else is willing to destroy their livelihood so they can put out a negative false story about the Jets.
In this instance, its the OP and Peter King assigning some meaning to this supposed perk. Perhaps Peter King knows more about what's offered to GMs today. In fact, I'm sure of it. But to me, this doesn't sound like anything so over the top. It effectively amounts to $333K a year over a standard 3 yr deal, only earmarked for a house because of the housing market here.
A big market team paying marginally more for a FO candidate? Stop the presses!
They have to be caught. That almost never happens, are certainly never happens in sports media today.Reporters who make up stories don't merely lose their jobs, they lose their careers. We've seen it before.
The risk is utterly minimal, and the reward is if he gets a few right he's getting a million bucks to be on ESPN's screaming heads show #462.
Sadly, I doubt he's own up to it if that was his plan all along.