Tag:New York Jets
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:16 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 11:21 am

Kris Jenkins did a lot of thinking over offseason

In his article about Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins, Greg Bishop of the New York Times gives us a very interesting look at the psychology of a veteran coming back from major injury. Jenkins, coming off a second major knee injury in five years, contemplated retirement over the offseason (sorta).

This off-season … (Jenkins) … conducted an experiment. He told himself, “I’m retiring this year,” and he said he repeated that notion until he believed it.

When a sense of calm enveloped him instead of panic, Jenkins knew he wanted to return to the Jets for his 10th N.F.L. season. He would do so on his terms, for his reasons, extending what he called the “twilight of my career” for at least this season.

“This is the first year that retirement really crossed my mind,” said Jenkins, a defensive tackle who turns 31 on Aug. 3. “You hear people talk about the end, but you start feeling those emotions, and it’s a trip, honestly. You have anxiety issues sometimes.”

He continued: “Look, I’ve been playing football since I was 8. I’m getting tired. Like, I’m not tired of it yet, but I’m starting to get tired.”

Jenkins, who has three kids, is glancing at life after football. He says the biggest reason he returned in 2010 was Rex Ryan. Past injury rehabs have been troublesome for Jenkins. He has had trouble maintaining his weight and optimism, ballooning to over 400 pounds and developing drinking problems. But this past offseason, Jenkins took a different path. As Bishop writes:

As Jenkins spoke, he drank diet soda and ate only half of his meal at a Manhattan restaurant, then boxed the leftovers. His friend Tony Washington, a former Panthers teammate, said that was one of several changes he noticed in Jenkins the past few years.

Since signing with the Jets before the 2008 season, Jenkins, who plays at around 360 pounds, has received bonuses before and during each season for making weight. But even this quest took a more public turn recently, when Ryan challenged Jenkins and right tackle Damien Woody to a weight-loss competition that will be decided at training camp.

If Jenkins makes weight there, he will receive a $50,000 bonus. But he would like to win the challenge. To that end, he enlisted the help of Dr. Sanford Siegal, the creator of the Cookie Diet, which Jenkins is now endorsing.

-- Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 18, 2010 7:39 pm

The nuances of contract extensions

D. Ferguson is taking a chance on himself (Getty) Albert Breer of the Boston Globe has a nice explainer about why the Jets decision to extend LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson shows the type of loopholes that can be found in the final year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Basically, teams have to find a way around the fact that none of the guaranteed money in the existing contracts of the players who are being extended is actually guaranteed after 2010. If you don’t have a contract for next season – like Tampa Bay’s Donald Penn or New England’s Logan Mankins – this rule doesn’t apply.

The Jets gave Ferguson more money for the 2010 season and increased his guarantee from 2011-13, as long as he’s on the roster. Since New York could only guarantee his money against skill OR against injury – not both, as is normal in every year except this one – and since Ferguson wanted the guarantee against skill (this way, if he’s cut because of performance issues, he still gets paid his guaranteed money, but if he’s cut because he’s hurt, he doesn’t), Ferguson will take out an insurance policy against himself.

From the story:

The easy way out of this, of course, is to write one, big, fat check. Or write a big check now and load up the player's 2010 base salary, which is covered by the CBA.

A huge signing bonus is, of course, guaranteed, because it's in hand. But in this environment, teams just aren't as willing to hand over that kind of hard cash, particularly with the prospect of a 2011 lockout coming and future penalties against a salary cap (if it returns) possible. The Jets tried to get around this in Ferguson's deal by, in essence, giving the tackle a roster bonus right after he was paid the signing bonus, since roster bonuses haven't been prorated over the life of deals in the past. Still, the league could decide to penalize those, too.

(Tom) Brady and (Peyton) Manning could well take out insurance policies like Ferguson did to cover against injury, and the teams could guarantee future salaries against skill, but there's no telling whether they'd be willing to do that.

And ... see? It's complicated.

Is it ever.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 2:06 pm

Revis drama likely to intensify

If Manish Mehta of the New York Post is right, HBO might have found the most interesting storyline for this year’s Hard Knocks. Mehta says cornerback Darrelle Revis is unlikely to show up August 1 for Jets training camp. Revis is looking for a long-term contract (like teammates D’Brickashaw Ferguson was recently looking for).

Mehta writes:

The All-Pro cornerback is fully prepared to sit out if he doesn’t have a reworked deal by the start of camp, according to sources.
Simply put, Revis isn’t bluffing.

The 30-day rule isn’t a concern, either. In other words, Revis will hold out beyond Aug. 10 and risk losing an accrued year toward free agency if there’s no new deal, according to sources.

There’s been no progress in the negotiations in the past few weeks.

Ferguson’s contract actually has little impact on Revis. According to Mehta, the key player is Peyton Manning. Here’s the explanation:
Manning, who is entering the final year of a 7-year, $99.2 million contract ($34.5 million signing bonus), could command in excess of $25 million a year. His guaranteed money could reach $50 million.

Why does this matter for Revis?

Well, several league sources I spoke to believe a top cornerback is worth 75-80 percent of a top quarterback. Manning is scheduled to earn $15.8 million in 2010. The 75-80 percent model would yield $11.9- $12.6 million a year for the top cornerback.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:11 pm

Ferguson's extension smaller than we thought?

How much money is Jets LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson going to make now that he’s signed a contract extension? Apparently, not as much as everybody thought.

Though it was reported Wednesday that Ferguson had signed a six-year, $60 million extension, with $34.8 million guaranteed, Pro Football Talk has a different number in mind. Try one year, and $5.3 million.

Read the article for the rest of the interesting tidbits, but the way Mike Florio lays it out, Ferguson will have to stay completely healthy (and keep up his skill) in order to make the bulk of the money in his new contract.

Which actually might be good news for Jets fans and for the rest of the core four – CB Darrelle Revis, LB David Harris and C Nick Mangold – who so desperately want to sign their own contract extensions.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:58 pm

Impact of D'Brickashaw Ferguson contract

You can bet plenty of players are taking a close look at D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s new contract. Jets center Nick Mangold has been pining for a new deal this offseason. Obviously, so has cornerback Darrelle Revis. And don’t forget about rising inside linebacker David Harris.

But the impact of Ferguson’s contract extends beyond New York. Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeil is holding out for a new deal in San Diego. As ESPN’s Bill Williamson points out, Fergusons’s six-year, $60 million deal could set a benchmark for young left tackles. McNeil is not quite on Ferguson’s level, but he’s certainly in the ballpark.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 3:49 pm

2nd round Jets pick signs

The first of the second-round draft picks from the 2010 NFL Draft has signed.

According to various reports, the Jets inked OG Vladimir Ducasse to a four-year, $3.25 million contract. His signing bonus, writes foxsports.com’s Adam Caplan , is slightly more than $1 million.

The Jets today have made two high-profile moves - one with D'Brickashaw Ferguson and one with Ducasse. I imagine David Harris, Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis are anxiously waiting for their paydays as well.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:18 pm

Ferguson signs an extension

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports on his blog that the Jets have signed LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson to a contract extension.

Ferguson is the first of the Jets Core Four – the others are LB David Harris, C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis, all of whom have been vocal about wanting new deals – to sign an extension.

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported on his Twitter page that Ferguson’s extension was for six years and $60 million, including $34.8 million guaranteed.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:20 pm

Greene is not going to change his RB style

S. Greene (Getty) If you’re a football fan, you have to like the attitude of RB Shonn Greene, as captured in this New York Daily New s blog post. You want me to run out of bounds to preserve my body? You want me to shy away from contact to keep myself healthy? Screw you, buddy.

That’s something fans should love. Owners and coaches? Maybe not so much.

With Thomas Jones, who started all 16 regular-season games for New York and gained 1,402 yards with 14 touchdowns on 331 carries last year, moving to Kansas City, it will fall to Greene (and, to a much lesser extent, LaDainian Tomlinson) to take pressure of QB Mark Sanchez.

In order for that to happen, it’d be wise of Greene to try to stay out of the trainer’s room as much as possible. He’s not interested in that approach.

“We don’t run out of bounds,” Greene told the paper. “I’ve been taught that all my life…. I don’t think that’s going to help the way I play by doing that. If I just go out and do what I do, everything else will take care of itself. That’s what I do. I play the game of football. You can’t worry, ‘Oh, what if I do this? What if I run out of bounds?’ No, that’s not the game of football to me. Football is a hard-nosed game.”

Still, isn’t a long career something to consider? Isn’t making it to the end of the season a plus?

“I like his style,” running backs coach Anthony Lynn said. “I don’t want him to change very much at all. He’s going to take some shots, but he also gave a lot of shots. So, I like that attitude he has running the football. He has great body lean -- the guy’s always falling forward for extra yards. But there are a couple times when you have to take a guy on the edge and maybe not so much down the middle because I do want to get him through 16 games.”

“You just make him aware of it. As guys play and run in this league, they get wiser and more aware. It’s something that they learn over time.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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