Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Jets Raise Washington Contract Offer
Rich Cimini reports the Jets have raised their contract offer to runningback Leon Washington to $4.5 million a year.
Hopefully, this is enough to get a deal done. He doesn't deserve the $6 million a year he desires, at least not yet, but this is a healthy raise over $535,000 he's scheduled to make. Apparently, the original offer was in the range of $2 million a year, which would be completely underselling a valuable member of the team. It makes sense he would skip OTA's if that was the original offer.
Bottom line: Washington wants to be a Jet. The Jets want Washington. Fans would revolt if they let him go. It would be a shame if he left because he is the most dynamic offensive player the Jets have had in years. Mike Tannenbaum has shown his creativity in contract negotiations in the past. If a deal doesn't get done, it's on Washington and agent Alvin Keels. It's one thing to throw out the $6 million number as a negotiating number that can be bartered down. It's another if they won't back off.