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Breaking Down the New York Jets Salary Cap: Where Is the Money Best Spent?
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Mark Sanchez is guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013.

A bounty of potential franchise-altering decisions are imminent for the New York Jets this offseason.

The team still hasn't hired a new general manager to lead the charge in determining how next season's 53-man roster will be assembled, although the Jets' most critical offseason priorities have already been set forth.

The Jets need to add an influx of fresh talent to a suddenly depleted roster hindered by outrageous veteran contracts. They need to eliminate the Tebow stigma and acquire players capable of immediately delivering on offense, under an offensive coordinator yet to be named.

The Jets essentially need to reinvent themselves under the leadership of a man seemingly undeserving of a head coaching job, and it won't be easy.

ESPN's John Clayton has professed that the Jets are about to endure the worst salary cap situation in the entire NFL, which subsequently points toward a team apparently desperate just to scrape by in 2013.

Still, New York's boisterous leader and former vocal enthusiast is in a dire must-win dilemma headed into next season.

Will the dichotomy separating head coach from GM further pummel the Jets into the football abyss? The division between decision-makers is reluctantly on level with what needs to be done fiscally.

The Jets currently sit $17,045,333 over the estimated $120 million NFL salary cap for the 2013 season, according to NYJetsCap.com.

They can create $30.7 million in cap space by cutting ties with LB Bart Scott, LB Calvin Pace, S Eric Smith and OT Jason Smith, although the corresponding transactions would result in just ten starters under contract for the 2013 season.

The following explains which areas of player personnel the Jets should spend their limited funds on over the course of the offseason:

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