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Jets cap mess illustrates gap between players

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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.

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23 Responses to “Jets cap mess illustrates gap between players”
  1. jstork69 says: Feb 13, 2013 8:01 PM

    Send Tebow to the Cardinals, we will take him.

  2. yousuxxors says: Feb 13, 2013 8:05 PM

    it shows how not to run an organization

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 13, 2013 8:14 PM

    Maybe if, you know, the Jets had actually managed their cap with some competence instead of a win at all cost to save Tannenbaum’s and Rex’s jobs strategy, they might not be in that position.

  4. briscocountyjr says: Feb 13, 2013 8:15 PM

    The jets still have tebow, so there is hope for a resurrection!

  5. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 13, 2013 8:16 PM

    Cue the circus music.

  6. razzlejag says: Feb 13, 2013 8:33 PM

    The Jets should winter in Sarasota.

  7. straightrazor69 says: Feb 13, 2013 8:35 PM

    Wow.so they only have around 11 million for the other 43 guys? Is that right?

  8. pisano says: Feb 13, 2013 8:45 PM

    It’s a damn shame that Tannenbaum isn’t liable for Sanchez’s salary. What a totally inept GM this guy was, and I’m sure he won’t be finding a job anytime soon.

  9. dietrich43 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:13 PM

    Hope they’re planning to play both ways this year. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  10. mcjon22 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:26 PM

    Yeah, There was a reason the most Pittsburgh could get for Holmes was a 5th round pick. And your plan was to give that man a big money, long term contract? Good Luck

    Sanchez…isn’t even worth a full sentence

  11. anarchopurplism says: Feb 13, 2013 9:42 PM

    Hmmm…..maybe Mike & Mike can use this as another angle in their incessant chatter about the Jets!

    Greeny can use his platform to endlessly ask expert analysts about his team, while putting bare minimum focus on contenders and other playoff teams!

  12. ravenmuscle says: Feb 13, 2013 9:46 PM

    Is Derrelle Revis giving any of his bloated contract money back?

    Didn’t Rex say he was the BEST player in the entire NFL?

  13. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:57 PM

    As a Pats fan, I should have sent this guy a bottle of wine for Christmas. Well, so should all the other AFC East teams for that matter.

  14. zeeman911 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:57 PM

    This should be the most entertaining season yet, thank god my lions are no longer the laughing stock of the league!

  15. ravensworknotsteel says: Feb 13, 2013 10:28 PM

    I guess we can expect a lot of young guys in green…

  16. donnymacjack says: Feb 13, 2013 10:59 PM

    Don’t necessarily blame the GM. While Tannenbaum had much of the responsibility the entire situation makes me wonder what the hell the Jets salary cap “expert” was doing.

  17. oreo51 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:05 PM

    If a team wants Revis, all they have to do is offer to take Sanchez off their hands.

  18. totallydisgusted says: Feb 13, 2013 11:33 PM

    They are the new Raiders East. I cant believe how stupid a multimillionaire can be.

  19. drock36 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:36 PM

    The Jets remind me of the janitor who got a 500K no doc, no interest mortgage for three years, and then…

  20. bullpuppy552 says: Feb 14, 2013 12:20 AM

    It’s fun to watch the stinking Jets flounder. Love to see Rex Ryan be a failure.

  21. tyler4richardson says: Feb 14, 2013 12:44 AM

    I’d argue that the popcorn vendors were more valuable to the Jets franchise last year than the 3 names listed.

  22. mec693 says: Feb 14, 2013 12:55 AM

    mehta loves to stir $hit.. maybe with everyone getting there incentives and bonuses for play it would equate to 110 million but there’s no way you can pay 10 players 110 million and 43 a total of 20 million even if everyone gets payed minimum wage

  23. patssteelersorgiants says: Feb 14, 2013 2:12 AM

    Um, Beyonce makes more money than a guy performing in a dive bar because she makes more money for her company. No different for the “entertainers” in the NFL. Nobody pays $100 to see an offensive lineman no matter how good they are. It only makes sense that an all-pro skills position is going to make more money than the 53rd guy on the roster. If you don’t like it, socialize football like everything else in this country and pay them all $9 an hour while Jerrah, Lurie, and Mara all make billions.

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