New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
Braylon, Brad Smith sign; but not Leon
The Jets officially got back to work today, beginning their voluntary offseason workout program out at The Hangar. So we're technically one day into the seeing how the 2010 version of the Jets will shape up.
And we already have a bit of a contract squabble.
While restricted free agent WRs Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith have signed their one-year contract tenders, RB/KR Leon Washington has yet to pick up a ball-point pen and put his John Hancock on his tender. The dynamic playmaker was one of only two no-shows for the start of the Jets' offseason program, with recently-signed special teamer Lance Laury the other.
Laury, a fifth-year LB who played his first four seasons in Seattle, wasn't present because he's still getting things worked out logistically, though.
Washington, who as we know was seeking a long-term extension heading into last season because he felt he should've been making more than the $535,000 base salary, apparently won't be signing anything any time soon, either.
Washington's agent, Alvin Keels, tweeted earlier today that his client plans on exploring potential possibilities throughout the league.
"Leon Washington will not sign his tender at this time," Keels tweeted. "He will continue to rehab while weighing his options as a restricted free agent."
Keels added in a subsequent tweet: "Rehab is going great for LW. He is expected to be cleared to do running drills in the next 10-14 days and will be 100% healthy b4 camp!"
Again, we'll have to wait and see how this transpires. But it's hard from this vantage point to see a team taking a gamble on someone coming off a gruesome broken right leg and being forced to give up a second-round pick for Washington.
There's no denying he's one of the most electrifying players in the NFL. He can score from virtually anywhere on the field. But Washington relies on speed and cutback ability, and some teams may want to see him actually perform at a high level on the NFL stage again before they throw a bucket of money at him.
That's just plain old common sense, don't you think?
With Edwards and Smith signing their tenders, the Jets still have three restricted free agents who remain unsigned besides Washington. Backup QB Kellen Clemens, OT Wayne Hunter and reserve CB Drew Coleman have yet to sign their tenders.
Reserve S James Ihedigbo, who just returned from a recent trip to Haiti with LB Vernon Gholston and WR David Clowney, has also signed his tender. Obviously since I mentioned only Washington and Laury were missing today, Ihedigbo was present for the workouts, as were Edwards and Smith.
Tags: Braylon Edwards , Leon Washington , Alvin Keels , Brad Smith , James Ihedigbo , Wayne Hunter , Drew Coleman , Kellen Clemens , Lance Laury , Vernon Gholston , David Clowney , The Hangar , offseason news