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    Sundquist SHOULD be the choice

    an excellent read authored by Ted Sundquist. If this was his pitch to Woody in his interview, he should've been hired on the spot.

    But we'll probably go with that rising superstar, Scott Cohen.

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    NFL Salary Cap Management – Kicking the can down the road

    Out of the 2012 regular season there are 6 NFL Clubs that are at least $10M over the Salary Cap entering the new League Year. None were playoff contenders; New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, and New York Giants. Both the Panthers and Jets have chosen to seek new front office management and are looking for ways conventional and creative to make room for upgrading their rosters next season.
    Hard decisions

    There have been two extensions to the CBA since first implemented in the early 90’s. The pain of getting to a settlement was at times like the 10th “gasser” in a midsummer workout. The ultimate outcome left you feeling much better about your endurance. Most restructurings helped alleviate the sting of poor financial decisions. Teams that saw no way out were suddenly given a reprieve from penalties associated with violation.

    Some Clubs learned the lessons taught through being pushed against the ceiling and having nowhere to go. Others just chose to use their “mulligan” and kept playing through with engrained bad habits of bookkeeping. There are a number of ways to piece together a proposal to an ownership to give your Club the breathing space it needs entering into a new Cap accounting period. The cleanest, most efficient are at times the most difficult in outright releasing players that no longer produce at the value of their associated contract. Many times these are veteran contributors that earned the right to those numbers years before the current situation. They’re being rewarded for what they “did” in the past and not necessarily what they’ll “do” in the future.
    Is he worth it?

    Pride clouds reality for both player and agent, neither willing to give under any circumstances for the good of the club. Other times loyalty perseveres and a chance to finish out where it might have started outweighs any sting of a pay cut. It also puts pressure on coaching staffs looking to remain faithful to their core players in the wake of doing what’s right for the organization.

    This can rip at an NFL Front Office from the inside, a battle most shouldn’t have to go through in preparation for Free Agency and the Draft. All facets of the Club should be in lockstep regarding the direction to take in order to improve the overall financial health and well being of the team. There are times when the easy out is taken to alleviate the short term fear of losing a known quantity at a position versus looking at the big picture, long term projection of the player. Those are what the media and agents like to call Contract Restructurings.

    There are numerous cases where this is appropriate, especially if the player continues to perform at a level commensurate with compensation. Age and production are vital aspects of deciding when “restructuring” is warranted. That’s why the Front Office Management and Coaching must be on the same page with the evaluation of the player or players in question.
    Getting into a pickle

    There are two ways to go about this. First, an EXTENSION; taking money out of an already inflated base salary and turning it into a guaranteed bonus that will add more years and push out the proration over the course of the extension. On some occasions this will cost even more in exchange for tying up the player even longer.

    The second is what some call a MORTGAGE. Similar to an extension, the mortgage takes otherwise unguaranteed money out of base salary, turns it into a guaranteed bonus, and is prorated over the remainder of the existing contract.

    Both have become accepted ways of dealing with Cap deficiencies and both are a bit like “kicking the can down the road”. Clubs that use these techniques as standard procedure in Cap Management are most likely unwilling to face the fear of replacing the player with an unknown. The base salary was inflated on the backend of the contract by agents to build in natural raises and for cosmetic purposes regarding overall average. Many times the player is in the latter stages of his career and there lies the dilemma – make the hard choice now, or kick the can down the road?
    Long term responsibility

    It starts with responsible Cap Management on the front end and adhering to policies that don’t put you in this position in the first place; an overreliance on Free Agency, inflated market values, bidding wars, cosmetic contracts.

    Mortgage the future or deal with the present? A sound Cap Plan keeps your coaching and personnel honest, financial management consistent, and the chance at long term success a reality.

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    That might be his version of his resume.

    The more I examine his track record, the more concerned I am with his drafting abilities.

    Outside of 2006, which was a very good draft for him, his drafts are quite unimpressive.

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    He ha terrible drafts outside his 06 draft. He was also Shanny's puppet, I would pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordy View Post
    That might be his version of his resume.

    The more I examine his track record, the more concerned I am with his drafting abilities.

    Outside of 2006, which was a very good draft for him, his drafts are quite unimpressive.
    He was responsible for finding late round talents such as Terrell Davis, Chris Kuper, Tom Nalen, Nate Wayne, Trey Teague, Desmond Clark, Mike Anderson, Cooper Carlisle, Olandis Gary and Tom Nalen. Each of these players were starters, and each of them were drafted in the 4th round or later.

    He wasn't the GM back then, but he was the Director of Scouting.


    When was the last time we found late round gold that consistently in the draft?

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    It still comes down to who do you keep, who do you extend, who do you cut loose, who do you have faith in. If you extend the wrong players you screw yourself as the Jets are finding out now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth View Post
    He ha terrible drafts outside his 06 draft. He was also Shanny's puppet, I would pass.
    Sundquist's first 5 seasons as the Broncos GM were winning seasons.

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    that's the best part about bringing in a GM from the outside -- he's not loyal to anyone on the team and therefore shouldn't have much of a problem saying bye bye to many of the troublesome contracts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    that's the best part about bringing in a GM from the outside -- he's not loyal to anyone on the team and therefore shouldn't have much of a problem saying bye bye to many of the troublesome contracts.
    I like him because he has a nice blend of personnel experience, managing the cap, and being a part of a winning regime (back to back super bowls).

    After reading the blog Sundquist posted (in the OP)...it sounds like he has a good understanding of how to build a foundation and be consistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dustykeller View Post
    I like him because he has a nice blend of personnel experience, managing the cap, and being a part of a winning regime (back to back super bowls).

    After reading the blog Sundquist posted (in the OP)...it sounds like he has a good understanding of how to build a foundation and be consistent.
    almost sounded like a letter directed at Tanny

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    almost sounded like a letter directed at Tanny
    Tanny's head probably exploded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dustykeller View Post
    Tanny's head probably exploded.
    With this quote: "Both (extension and mortgage) have become accepted ways of dealing with Cap deficiencies and both are a bit like 'kicking the can down the road'."

    The end of "the road" is 2013. And it also happened to be Tanny's stop.

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    Idzik or Sundquist either one I would be fine with.

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