A flat salary cap is highlighting the gap between football’s haves and have-mores. And the Jets’ current cap crunch shows just how bad the problem is.
Albert Breer of NFL Network points out that 10 players account for $110 million under the Jets’ salary cap in 2013. Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, three men count for $38.3 million: quarterback Mark Sanchez, receiver Santonio Holmes, and linebacker David Harris.
The fact that the Jets can chop players or squeeze them into taking less underscores the fact that, in the NFL, long-term big-money deals may end up being neither. But with Sanchez and Holmes each having guaranteed contracts for 2013, the Jets’ overall flexibility is limited.