Three of the Jets best players, Nick Mangold, David Harris, and Darrelle Revis need new contracts. However, with the uncertainty surrounding the Collective Bargaining Agreement, could this cause potential problems?
Center, Nick Mangold is entering the final year of his five-year contract. For the past four season, Mangold has given the Jets dominance from the center position. Mangold, An All-Pro Center, is expecting to receive an extension this off-season.
Coach, Rex Ryan has stressed the importance of offensive line play during his first year as head coach. The Jets ran for a league high, 163 yards per game. During the off-season, the Jets let go of guard, Alan Faneca, but drafted mauler, Vladimir Duccasse from Massachusetts. This further emphasizes Ryan’s vision of young, dominant line play. This is something Mangold can provide the Jets for years to come.
Last year, Rams’ center, Jason Brown received a five-year deal worth roughly $40 million with $20 million of that being guaranteed. With the uncertainty of the CBA, Mangold could use that contract as a bench mark for the Jets.
The second player who needs a new contract is linebacker, David Harris. Harris is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract. Harris has given the Jets stability at the linebacker position. In 2009 and 2007, Harris collectively had 172 solo tackles. Harris even had two interceptions last season. Harris is the type of player who can thrive under a Rex Ryan style defense.
In terms of gauging contracts, 49ers linebacker, Patrick Willis signed a five-year, $50 million dollar contract with $29 million being guaranteed. Willis is an All-Pro so we can’t expect Harris to get that type of money. A smaller scaled deal for the Michigan-native would make sense for the Jets.
Finally, the main man that the Jets want to keep happy, Darrelle Revis. The All-Pro is the heartbeat for the Jets defense. The human eraser had six interceptions last season, but led the league with 37 passes defensed. Revis shut down every receiver he faced last season and he went up against some of the league’s best. Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Steve Smith(CAR), Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston. Only Randy Moss and Jacksonville’s, Mike Sims-Walker scored touch downs against him last year. Pay. The. Man.
Revis is currently in the fourth year of his six-year, $36 million dollar deal.
Revis is set to earn a grand total of: $1 million this season!
However, Revis and his agent want to re-work this deal. In comparison, 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Charles Woodson is currently playing with a seven year, $52 million dollar contract.
With the outrageous costs of PSLs at the New Meadowlands Stadium, the Jets owe it to their fans to sign these players. Obviously the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement looms largely, however, teams always need to protect their assets. And the Jets will.