I said that Jets fans think they're the only team with tons of cap space. I said that there are other teams with tons of cap space. Corry, however he defines "best cap situations" didn't feel that the Jets are in the top ten. He's weighing other factors besides "most available dollars." I linked the article to show that we're not going to be the only fat-pocket buyers out there.
When did any Jets fan say that? Or is this just you badmouthing everyone on the board again with another straw man argument?
Every year there are teams with a lot of cap space. This year we are one of those teams. I haven't seen a post that suggests anyone fails to understand that. If you can show me otherwise, I owe you a handjob with lotion.
Corry listed the 10 teams that were scheduled to have the most cap room on paper (as of Dec 17th). He even added the Jets in there as a special throw-in specifically because he knows the Jets will have a LOT more than the $16M on-paper cap space as of the article date. NO one expects Sanchez or Holmes to be back and forgo $8M of cap space apiece. Nor does anyone - Corry included - expect Cromartie to return with a $15M cap number.
So that's $26M on top of $16M just for those 3.
Then there's the annually overpaid David Harris: another of my favorite Tannenbaum blunders, guaranteeing the guy like $30M of a $36M contract over 4 years. This is the first year he's cuttable because of all that guaranteed money. Even though his cap number no longer hovers in the top10 QB levels, he's still overpaid. Will the Jets be better off with Harris or with $5M more cap room? They'll decide. Personally I think Harris will be back; Rex seems to like him a lot, if they find a FA to replace him the savings would then be minimal, and we'd also be forgoing a compensatory pick by letting him go as a UFA a year later. If the way the draft goes leads us to a LB replacement in round 2 (give or take a round), then I expect Harris to get his walking papers a year early.
It would be great if we could get Ferguson to lower his undeserving salary for the year, but that seems a longshot. He gets $8M of new money this year and I suspect he'd get that much in new money this year on the open market if we cut him, and he likely knows it. Granted, he wouldn't get the rest of the sweetheart deal he has with the Jets, but he's not guaranteed to see any of that 2015+ money anyway. So we don't exactly have a ton of leverage.
Ditto Mangold, though he makes less and his dropoff has been less as well. Plus there's that other thing, that it likely doesn't go over well when a team has $40M+ in cap room after maybe cutting 4 of their 6 highest-paid players, and their next orders of business are getting the 2 remaining ones to take pay cuts when the team doesn't need to space.
They both deserve pay cuts; their contracts were based on them playing at levels they aren't playing at anymore. But my guess is both come back at the same dollars. Kudos to Idzik if he can get either to lower their compensation without the Tannenbaum method of guaranteeing them the same or more in the future (pointless in our current cap situation anyway).