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Browns bailing out a sinking ship!

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have restructured the record-setting contract of quarterback Deshaun Watson, clearing $36 million in cap space ahead of free agency, a source told ESPN.

The Browns signed Watson last offseason to a new five-year deal worth an NFL-record $230 million fully guaranteed. Before restructuring Watson's deal, the Browns were roughly $14 million over the salary cap. Now, Cleveland has cap space heading into the free agency negotiating window, which begins at noon ET Monday.

Cleveland traded for Watson last March, sending the Houston Texans a bevy of draft picks, including three first-rounders. Watson was suspended for his first 11 games in Cleveland for violating the league's personal conduct policy by committing sexual assault, as defined by the NFL, on massage therapists.

The Browns finished the season 7-10, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

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https://jetsxfactor.com/2023/03/13/increasing-obstacle-ny-jets-free-agency/


In a world with no salary cap, an owner would simply pay a player more money to offset the tax rate. However, in a hard-cap league, the state income tax leaves teams in high-tax states at a distinct disadvantage.

This leaves the Jets out of luck. They are New Jersey-based rather than New York, which leaves them with a 10.75% state tax for money earned above $5 million, the third-highest rate in the United States. Meanwhile, there are eight states with no income tax at all, and five of them host a total of eight NFL teams: Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Nevada, and Florida. 

Mike Maccagnan already showed the detriments of paying a Jets tax to lure free agents with his outrageous contracts given to C.J. Mosley, Le’Veon Bell, Trumaine Johnson, and Avery Williamson, among others.

The NFL might want to take a look at this difference in their quest for parity. If the salary cap is meant to allow various teams a chance to win, they might stop to question why a New Jersey-based team has the longest playoff drought in the sport (and soon to be in the four major sports after the NBA’s Sacramento Kings break their own funk).

While you cannot blame the players for wanting to keep their money, the salary cap-driven league should take a look at this and make some adjustments to account for the financial realities. This is outside a particular team’s cash flow issues and inability to put money in escrow (a la the Raiders and Bengals). This is the salary cap specifically discriminating against teams due to state law.

It can be argued that teams have attractive and less-attractive elements due to climate factors or a player’s hometown, as well, and this is just another element that cannot be accounted for. However, because the salary cap directly impedes a team’s ability to attract a free agent for external reasons, the NFL might want to consider factoring that into the salary cap.

 

 

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22 hours ago, maury77 said:

Mecole Hardman is an interesting name. The Jets need a returner with Berrios gone. 

Actually, the Jets needed a returner while Berrios was here too.

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FWIW, the Jets signed Diontae Spencer last season and carried him off and on the practice squad.  He is an older smurf that had some success in the CFL, but was a fair return man for the Broncos from 2019-2021.   Since he is not necessarily a core receiver, I wonder if they would let Moore return punts.  I find it tough to project punt returners from skill set and college to pros.  My memory is basically pacing back and forth muttering to myself - "DON'TDROPIT!DON'TDROPIT!DONTDROPIT!"  catching it and exhaling and then "RUN!!!!!"

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If the Jets don't price themselves out by signing Rodgers, Tremaine Edmunds at LB would be a great signing IMO.

He's a 3 down LB in the middle that this team needs, not to mention taking away the heart of a division rival.

He's only 25 with years of experience he could make up the core future of this defense with studs at all 3 levels in Williams, Edmunds, and Gardner.

 

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6 minutes ago, SR24 said:

 

 

Bellichick and his awful gming again.  One year he uses like 3 picks on Te's and cuts two of them within about a year, then he spends a gazillion dollars on FA tight ends and is trading one of them a year or so later.

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On 3/6/2023 at 3:49 PM, y2k8 said:

 

As usual Woody Johnson fu#ks up the works. Rodgers is NOT coming to a team so desperate that they bring the owner to the dance. BTW it was over a week since they met with Rodgers and what have the Jets heard? Crickets. I know if I took a girl out and we had a "great" time and then never heard from her again, I'm moving on.

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19 minutes ago, Matt39 said:

 

While people’s hearts are collectively stopping, we should remember that what opens today at noon is the official tampering period. No contracts can go onto the books until Wednesday at noon. 
 
Oh, and the tampering period doesn’t apply to franchise tagged players, so no one can even try to talk to Lamar until Wednesday, either. 
 
Rodgers can drag it out for another 48 hours before the Jets actually lose out on anyone. As we all know too well, coming to terms in the tampering period =/= signing on the dotted line. 

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5 minutes ago, slats said:

While people’s hearts are collectively stopping, we should remember that what opens today at noon is the official tampering period. No contracts can go onto the books until Wednesday at noon. 
 
Oh, and the tampering period doesn’t apply to franchise tagged players, so no one can even try to talk to Lamar until Wednesday, either. 
 
Rodgers can drag it out for another 48 hours before the Jets actually lose out on anyone. As we all know too well, coming to terms in the tampering period =/= signing on the dotted line. 

While you are technically correct, can the Jets realistically and in good faith negotiate with free agent quarterbacks and perhaps other skill position players while the Rodgers situation is still in flux?

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2 minutes ago, DoubleDown said:

While you are technically correct, can the Jets realistically and in good faith negotiate with free agent quarterbacks and perhaps other skill position players while the Rodgers situation is still in flux?

The Patriots never do anything in good faith and they’ve won seven championships. 

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Just now, slats said:

The Patriots never do anything in good faith and they’ve won seven championships. 

It's a two way street though.  Will someone like Jimmy G take the Jets seriously in any discussions knowing that they are essentially "all in" on Rodgers?  Perception absolutely matters.

The deadline should have been last night.  This is how business is conducted in the real world.  The Jets should never have allowed themselves to be put in this position.

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