This summer is supposed to be the biggest in NBA history as far as free agency is concerned. Marquee players (e.g. Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, etc.) have agreed to hold a summit amongst themselves in order share their thoughts and information. This got me thinking that the marquee Jets players should join forces in the same way, and use their collective leverage to strong arm the FO into giving them a highly guaranteed contract over a certain term of years. This is crazy, I know, but hear me out.
The players involved would be Mangold, Revis, Harris and Brick. They each would figure out their respective values based upon the averages for the top 5 players at their repsective positions. They then would combine their figures to get a collective total. Then they present that figure to the FO to be paid to them as a unified collective, a partnership so to speak, over the next 5 years; each to get their pro rata share based upon their individual values. They shave a few million off the top (say $4M; i.e. a million per) in exchange for the majority their funds to be guaranteed. Maybe more if they so chose, in exchange more guaranteed money. And then they would threaten to hold out if the team doesn't agree.
This is good for both the players and the FO. Though the players sacrifice maxing out, they are able to assure that they actually see more of their money by having a higher percentage guaranteed. The FO, although guaranteeing a higher %, assures that they will keep high quality, valuable, young players within the fold for a certain term of years. They each benefit by assuring that the young core remains intact and able to make successive runs at a championship.
I'm not sure if this is permissible under the current CBA, but I think it would be hypocritcal if it isn't considering that the players are already unionized and the owners essentially collude on an annual basis at the Annual Owner's Meetings. I know this idea is in a very rudimentary form, but I think the basic premise is clear enough. If it is permissible, I think it would be in all parties' interest to do something like this.