Chris Baker was on SNY’s Wheelhouse yesterday with Custer, BT and Scott Ferrall and he talked about his status with the team, how he feels about the situation and his hope for a resolution.We still hope the situation will get resolved, but Baker hasn’t played his hand well, as you can read about from an NFL Insider on Cimini’s blog.
He quotes being the third highest paid Tight End on the team, but wasn’t that of his own doing? He signed a deal and should honor it. I understand that the Jets bumped forward some money, but he clearly spent and forgot about his signing bonus that would basically make his contract come in line with the others.
The most telling part of the interview comes right at the end, asked by Brian Custer when specifically he was told about a new deal with the Jets. Baker states that open-ended promises were made at the signing of the deal (back in 2006), but doesn’t say that the Jets were telling him he was going to have his contract re-done at any time last season.
We still think that Baker has a place on this team and that he would greatly benefit the Jets game, so one would hope that the situation is resolved. All the same, Tannenbaum takes the “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” stance when it comes to holdouts. Baker has to be the first to make the move towards reconciliation, and make it known that he’s doing so with the intent of gaining a new contract. What seems more likely though is that Baker will return, Pete Kendall style, just to avoid penalties.
At that point it might be too late.
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