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http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2009/08/12/2009-08-12_leon_washington.html

Jets up contract offer to disgruntled RB Leon Washington

BY Rich Cimini

DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Wednesday, August 12th 2009, 4:00 AM

CORTLAND, N.Y. - When the Jets made their initial contract proposal to RB Leon Washington, believed to be around $2 million per year, he found it so insulting that he skipped some of the offseason workouts.

They've increased their offer considerably. According to sources, the Jets have an offer on the table that averages $4.5 million a year. Washington is believed to be seeking $6 million per year. Thing is, if the Jets go higher than $5million, they'd be paying him more than Thomas Jones, the starting tailback.

Washington is due to make $535,000 this season. The two sides continue to talk, although nothing appears imminent.

Are the Jets shopping Jones?

NationalFootballPost.com is reporting that the Jets called an NFC West team to gauge interest in Jones, who is unhappy with his contract. (Jones' brother, Julius, plays for the running back-needy Seahawks.) But the trade talk isn't true, according to a person familiar with the Jets' thinking.

HAPPY RETURN: The Jets will return to their old stomping grounds, Hofstra, for a one-night-only appearance. Practice starts at 5:45 p.m. at Hofstra Stadium. From there, the team will head to its headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., to make final preparations for the preseason opener Friday night against the Rams at the Meadowlands. After the game, they head back to Cortland for another week of camp. ... RT Damien Woody, who suffered an apparent concussion Monday, missed practice. He won't play against the Rams. Neither will C Nick Mangold (knee), NT Kris Jenkins (calf) and CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring). None of the injuries is believed to be serious. FB Tony Richardson (hip) might suit up....David Clowney and Wallace Wright were excused from practice for personal reasons.

CATCHING ON: Rookie WR Britt Davis made the catch of camp, a spinning, one-handed grab on a two-point conversion. It was thrown by Kellen Clemens, who recovered a high shotgun snap, rolled to his right and found Davis.

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How the **** is Leon and his agent not agreeing to this kind of money?

The kid has no leverage and he is getting an offer like this...just sign the ****ing contract Leon and be in Green and White for the rest of your career. Its a ****ing 4 million dollar pay increase for chirst sake.

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How the **** is Leon and his agent not agreeing to this kind of money?

The kid has no leverage and he is getting an offer like this...just sign the ****ing contract Leon and be in Green and White for the rest of your career. Its a ****ing 4 million dollar pay increase for chirst sake.

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He probably can, who knows? The upcoming labor agreement is a factor

It is, but to the detriment of Leon.

Without the new labor deal Leon won't even be a free agent. So he won't be able to get more than $4.5 million on the open market (because he won't see the "open market.").

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This is a great deal considering the current labor climate. He should just take it. He can hold out again in two years once a new CBA's in place. He'll have enough money then to handle the daily fines. :P

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It said $4.5M average, not $4.5M per year.

Thomas Jones' deal was $5M per year average...if the Jets kept him all 4 years. Since his last year is $6M he'll be $1M short of that $5M per year average after this season.

Likewise, maybe it's a deal for 4 years $18M and the last year is also $6M. Seeing how things are going to (likely) go down with Jones, he may be balking at a big number in the final year that brings that "average" up to $4.5M. But the reality is almost all deals work like that so there isn't much to complain about.

Maybe it's only a 4 year deal and he wants a 5-year deal so he can get a bigger up-front amount. If it's 4 years, the team isn't going to give him $15M guaranteed on an $18M contract.

We'll see. It's progress anyway. And if it means getting this deal done to (in the franchise's eyes) make Jones expendable enough to move for a WR, then it's a no-brainer. Jones certainly wouldn't object either, as a new team will probably give him a reworked deal that pays more than $900K this year.

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