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A tale of two Jets malcontents


A tale of two Jets malcontents
For the Jets , it's quickly becoming a rite of spring.


Every May since 2007, at least one veteran has boycotted OTAs, also known as organized team activities, a fancy name for voluntary, non-contact practices. In 2007, it was left guard Pete Kendall. In 2008, it was tight end Chris Baker.

Both eventually reported when voluntary turned into mandatory, but not coincidentally, neither one is a Jet anymore.

This year, the Jets have not one, but two disgruntled players. And both are running backs. Ninth-year veteran Thomas Jones has boycotted the entire off-season program, seeking a renegotiation of his contract that has two years left. He was joined this week on the sidelines by dynamic fourth-year player Leon Washington, who had attended all the voluntary off-season conditioning sessions and practices until Monday. Washington is scheduled to make $535,000 this season in the final year of a four-year deal.

Interestingly, both of their agents are voicing their opinions on Twitter. Alvin Keels, who represents Washington, tweeted Tuesday that he wants his "client to get back in the off-season program," but added that it?s "a business."

Jones? agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted that "the media has made a big deal out of Thomas Jones missing voluntary workouts. Let?s see if they take the same approach with Leon Washington."

Well, the fact that both running backs are unhappy certainly is a big deal, but the similarities end there. Yes, Jones made the Pro Bowl last year and led the AFC in rushing with 1,312 yards, and yes, he is scheduled to make only $900,000 this season. But he already has made $13 million over the first two years of his contract with the Jets .

At less than $600,000, Washington clearly is underpaid, considering he made the Pro Bowl last season as a kickoff return specialist and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field via rush, reception or return. There are few players in Football who can do that, and one of them is Darren Sproles, who will make $6.621 million this year as San Diego?s franchise player. Washington also deserves that kind of dough.

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Added: May 15, 2009

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