Woody Johnson has been through only one year of the Rex Ryan-Mike Tannenbaum regime, but it's enough to convince the owner that he wants to see both men continue with the team long into the future.
The Jets announced that the contracts of both will be extended through the 2014 season.
It's somewhat unusual for a coach to get a contract extension after just one season, but Ryan's run to the AFC Championship Game convinced Johnson that it's a worthwhile investment. And Tannenbaum, whose bold trades landed Mark Sanchez, Braylon Edwards and Antonio Cromartie, has proven to be one of the most aggressive general managers in today's NFL.
Kudos to Johnson for ponying up the cash to keep both men for the long haul. We suspect this regime will turn out to be one of the most successful in the team's history.
Of more immediate interest is whether the signings — especially Tannenbaum — will have any impact on negotiations involving three key players: cornerback Darrelle Revis, center Nick Mangold, and inside linebacker David Harris. The Jets are attempting to work out a long-term deal with Revis, while Mangold's situation appears to have less urgency. It is expected that the Jets will not attempt to rework Harris' deal until next year.
At the very least, Tannenbaum has the assurances from Johnson that he is in firm command of negotiations, although that's certainly no guarantee that any of the deals gets done. The Revis talks figure to be the most problematic, since the All Pro cornerback is demanding to be the NFL's highest paid cornerback.