Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Baker conflict resolved, Jets extend tight end.
Remember when Chris Baker was whining and many people assumed he wouldn't be with the Jets anymore. Remember when the Jets drafted Dustin Keller, and it looked like the writing might be on the wall?
Well, today the Baker saga came to an anti-climactic ending with the two sides agreeing to a three year contract extension according to Adam Schefter.
The deal was actually finalized Friday, but his base salary didnt change at all, so it was far under the radar. The extension makes him a Jet through 2012, and it's worth $12.2 million dollars. That money is guaranteed if he plays 50% of the snaps, and he is still on the roster on the 5th day of the new league year.
My take: Good deal for both sides. Jets keep their tight end happy to a modest enough deal with a way to get out of it if they want after this year. Baker gets the extension he wanted, and if he plays enough this season, then he'll either get guaranteed money in New York or elsewhere as a free agent.