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New York Jets: Demoting Tannenbaum Is Destined for Failure

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07:  General manager Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets (L) talks with Head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson during the afternoon practice at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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John SheaContributor IIIDecember 29, 2012

New York Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum reportedly hasn't been told about his future yet, according to Newsday.

Still, he's destined to lose his power in determining final roster decisions for the Jets, who have issues all over the field.

CBS Sports NFL insider Jason LaCanfora was among the first to report that the Jets were in the process of examining candidates to replace Tannenbaum.

The problem with replacing Tannenbaum is that owner Woody Johnson refuses to actually get rid of him.

Johnson doesn't follow conventional logic in terms of football operations, though. After all, the NY Daily News reported in October that the big-headed owner would rather see Mitt Romney win the presidency than have his team win the Super Bowl.

Tannenbaum is largely responsible for constructing a roster unfit to compete against the NFL's best competition, but he's also accountable for putting the Jets in a horrid salary cap predicament heading into the 2013 season.

NYJetsCap.com claims the Jets are already an estimated $21 million over the expected 2013 salary cap, a feat accomplished by the team's future cap manager.

If Johnson were smart, he'd cut his losses and tell Tannenbaum to get out of town. The Jets have a whirlwind of issues to deal with this offseason, and creating a front office melodrama between Tannenbaum and his replacement doesn't need to be one of them.

Tannenbaum has already proven his incompetency in terms of talent evaluation and cap management.

The Jets figure to be hard-pressured to find a premier general manager willing to work with Tannenbaum.

The cheeky general manager who inked Mark Sanchez to a cataclysmic extension last offseason seems to be destined to remain in a front office that is arguably more dysfunctional than the Jets' locker room, which currently features the incorruptible Tim Tebow.

The most intriguing element of the Jets' impending turbulence this season is undoubtedly what happens to Mark Sanchez.

Speculation about what to do about the team's defective starting quarterback has swarmed around the Jets in the past few weeks.

Cut him? Trade him?

Enter cap management guru Tannenbaum.

The salary cap hit on giving Sanchez his outright release on June 1st is $4.3 million. Sanchez is guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013, which means he'd cost the Jets more than $12.5 million on next season's cap if he's released, according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com.

Sanchez will be virtually impossible to unload in a trade, and would still cost the Jets a crippling total of $13.9 million on their salary cap even if traded in the offseason.

Last offseason, Tannenbaum opted to extend Sanchez to give the embattled quarterback a vote of confidence and also clear cap space for the 2012 season.

Now, Tannenbaum will be forced to figure out how to unload his golden boy, but not until he's demoted first.

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