Okay as we all know we are $20 million over the next years projected cap of $125 million. There are the obvious cuts that will save us a ton of money. Of course we will then have to fill those holes with cheaper, probably inexperienced players. Not a completely bad thing, since I believe our defense is held together solely by Revis and Rex Ryan. I can not stress enough how good Rex Ryan's defensive coaching abilities are. With that being said I think we can have a good draft and fill the rest in with younger and faster talent and we will be able to compete. Our offense however needs a complete overhaul. There is not one position beside the left offensive line that we need major upgrades at. We are stuck with Sanchez for at least one more season so we have to hope we find a good OC and he somehow becomes less turnover prone.
My questions regarding the cap are the buyout and trade portions. I am not completely sure, but I believe if we buy a players contract out we do not take a cap hit. This is what we did with D-Brick last year. I could be wrong and before I do another mock offseason I want to make sure my numbers match up. We carry over the $4.9 million from last year, cut Jason Smith (12), Calvin Pace (8) and Bartt Scott (7.1) that brings us already to $11.1 million under the cap. Then you have Eric Smith (3), Pouha (3.8), and Tebow ($1.5), which brings us clear down to $19.1 under the cap. To me I dont think this is horrible, not ideal but could be worse.
From here we could always buy out Cromartie saving us another $10 million and maybe even Nick MAngold saving us another $9 million. This is a long shot but both could happen bringing our cap number to $38 million under the cap. We could basically rebuild in one year. Now my theory is way off if I am rong about the buyout but hopefully you guys help me out.
Also Cromartie could very well be traded. If we do that say on draft day do we get his cap number back or to what portion are we on the hook for that? Any information you guys can apply would be greatly appreciated. I will admit I am highly optimistic when it comes to the Jets lol so maybe I am just wishful thinking. Look forward to hearing from you guys.