Luckily the Jets have a significant amount of flexibility in restructuring some deals to make added cap room, provided that the new CBA operates under the old rules as it pertains to renegotiations. If the 30% rule, which really came into play the last two years, remains tied to 2009 then there would be less flexibility for the Jets.
This is important. Cap projections can tell you how much the team has committed at the present, but it does not factor in the way teams can rework deals. Mike Tannenbaum seems to keep an eye to the future when working out deals. Think of the 2008-2009 offseason. The Jets entered that offseasno with one of the worst cap situations if not the worst on paper. A few renegotiations later, the Jets were big spenders landing Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard, and Lito Sheppard.