And that doesn’t even take into account the ongoing battle over signing bonus and guaranteed money.
If they can cut their differences down by $1 million per day between now and the Jets’ opener on Sept. 13 against the Ravens, the gap will be still be $7 million.
The Daily News has learned the Jets have had a 10-year, $120 million offer on the table for months as one of their two proposals. Although the Jets continue to insist “we are flexible on how the guaranteed money is structured, including the areas of signing bonus, roster bonus and option bonus,” they have not yet attached a specific dollar figure to any guaranteed money.
The Jets say they need to agree to the total compensation before negotiating the guarantees. It’s hard to argue with a $120million deal that contains sufficient guaranteed money, which would be about $25 million-$30 million.