How does an extra $10 million in cap mean to the Jets?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

So the 2014 cap keeps going up and up! Here’s what Adam Schefter tweeted earlier Friday about the status of the league’s maximum spending limit.

Last week it was $126 million, now it’s expected to reach $133 million.

For a team like the Jets who has had a hard time in competing in free agency in recent years, here’s a graphic representation of why this news is important to the league and to the Jets in particular.

In 2013 under a new general manager, the team took their lumps in terms of salary cap to essentially reset for 2014.  Now after some serious austerity measures were taken in setting themselves up to spend more effectively than much of the league in 2014, the 10 million dollars that will be added to the cap will change the entire landscape of the NFL.

Take a look.

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The teams in green were the ones set up to spend.  Throw away whatever the Steelers and Cowboys are doing, but focus on the teams from the Falcons through Chargers.

In the red are the teams that needed to make cuts just to get under the cap until the recent cap news, let alone re-sign any of their own players who were pending free agents.  DL Red Bryant being cut in Seattle along with Seattle is an example of the Super Bowl Champions needing to make cuts just to stay under the cap, while not yet signing WR Golden Tate indicates an inability to keep pending free agents.

The teams in orange and yellow are the ones who where in varying degrees of inflexibility.  Both of those groups were on the threshold of cuts and ability to re-sign players.  Eric Decker in Denver and Alterraun Verner in Tennesse might be some decent examples.  Players who are young and talented and might have hit free agency, now might not because their own team should be able to afford to re-sign their biggest ticket players.

demand_supply_excess_demand1So what does this mean for the Jets?

It means we need to think about our ECON 101 lessons, at which I am terribly rusty.  Remember good old supply and demand?  More teams with more money will increase demand and thus raise the price for the same player.  If some players out of loyalty to their current teams (now flush with more cap room) sign before free agency, then that makes the supply decrease — potentially raising the bidding even higher.

That said, now with this news are players who might have signed in the next ten days with their old team before the start of free agency wait to do so?  Savvy agents will tell them the money could get nutty on the open market …

This could be a very fun free agency … 





114 comments
nesboogie
nesboogie

Hakeem Nicks, ODB, Kerley? lol..

marcus81
marcus81

we could use that extra 10mil on Holmes so he can stay and do nothing again

McGeorge
McGeorge

The extra 10MM is a disaster for the Jets.


The Jets were in a great cap situation and many other teams weren't and would have had to let players walk that the Jets could have signed.  Now with an extra 10MM those players will stay with their teams.

todd
todd

Was there any talk of franchising Folk? Because apparently that just happened...

todd
todd

Well.. maclins off the table now.. Eagles caved on the 1 yr deal

williamg1
williamg1

$140M may cover Darren Sharper's bail. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  THE Vontae Leach that was going to single handedly win Miami the Super Bowl last year?  Surely not.

todd
todd

Yeah that's what I figured, I just don't remember any talk of us franchising any of the pending ufa's

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Just use the same login info, that's what I do. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @t__k  Do I really have to sign up for a Chatzy acct?  I feel like I have 10,000 accts due to this site right now.

Brendan
Brendan

@t__k Come to the chat, we're talking Jordan. 

t__k
t__k

@Brendan @a57se  annyyywwaayyyyyy.....Sign me up for some Dion Jordan!!!


@Marcus Armstrong question for you - You don't think 18th is too much?  Couldn't we trade a combo of our 2nd round and 3rd round picks and maybe trade back the 18th to recoup a pick?  Any chance of that working?  I'm playing Madden GM in my cubicle right now....

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I already said you won TJB for the day, 57. Now you're just running up the score, like Belichick. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Agreeing with me kind of undermines your previous post.


Have a good weekend, 57. You win another day of commenting on TJB. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I copy/pasted something you said exactly like three posts ago. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se You're terrible at debating things. 


Great, so you think the front office sucks, but that has nothing to do with the team wanting to move Jordan. Whatever, I don't care. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se 


"Philbin wasn't on board with the move and now they want to cut bait because Philbin thinks he isn't worth it.....to  Dion Jordan sucks........to the Dolphins are a bunch of clueless idiots like you claim.

I would venture to guess it is somewhere between the first two scenarios. "


When you said it's most likely some combination of Philbin not being "on board" with the pick and Jordan sucking, but not the Fins' front office being terrible. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  It is not "Dion Jordan sucks." He have factual, statistical evidence to support that. 


It's just amazing that you refuse to even accept that the Dolphins are a bad franchise. It's dumbfounding. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan @a57seThe Fins have made the playoffs once in the past 12 years.  Their last conference final was in the '92 season.  Lots of futility in Miami after the Shula golden years.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes, as always it's nothing to do with you. I get it. 


I still haven't seen you give a reason why you are against looking into Jordan besides "WE JUST DON'T KNOW!"

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes, where you ignore the vastly greater list of reasons why the Phins are a poorly run team and franchise in favor of the UNKNOWN so there's no way to definitively prove you wrong. We know the "rational thought" you speak of. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Omgggg can't you ever just talk about something without turning into a forensic investigation? 



The Phins are a poorly run franchise, they have a star-f***ing owner, they have a loser as a GM and a head coach who has no control over his locker room. It's a shock that this triumverate of terror can't maximize the potential of an elite talent? 

levi
levi

@SackDance99 Maybe he wants out of that mess in Miami and is demanding a trade.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Wat. You misread what I said entirely. 


The Phins had a guy who was bordering on elite pressure numbers as a pass rusher, but didn't use him as a pass rusher. That is akin to the Jets not using Boss Hogg as a run stuffer. 

levi
levi

@Brendan Actually I like it when they put Boss Hog in on run plays. Ehh ehh?

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes. They are a poorly run team who didn't use a productive player. 


How would you have felt if, say, the Jets kept taking Boss Hogg out on running downs? A similar type of mind-numbing stupidity was going on in Miami. 

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se  They're a poorly managed team that couldn't figure out how to play a productive player. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se  They're idiots, don't know how to use him properly, are a horribly run franchise....I mean, take your pick.