Leon Washington is believed to be looking for about $6 million a year, similar to deals that Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew and San Diego's Darren Sproles -- players to whom he's often compared -- have received.
"I want fair market value," said the 26-year-old Washington, using a term he repeated nearly a dozen times. "It's fair to say that if fair market value doesn't get done, there will probably be some changes. If it gets done, it'll be best for the whole entire organization."
The stumbling block in getting a new deal done with Washington, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2006, is the uncertainty of the league's collective bargaining agreement. Without an extension to the CBA, Washington would become a restricted free agent -- not unrestricted -- next offseason and the Jets would be able to retain his rights for far less than what agent Alvin Keels and his client are currently seeking.
"Fair market value is with the CBA or without the CBA," Washington said.Pro Bowl running back Thomas Jones returned two weeks ago after sitting out all of the team's offseason workouts while also in a contract dispute.
Someone turned out to be a better player than expected, he wants to break the contract in existence and demands to be paid at a much higher level , or else. That scenario begs the question : if one sucked duck like JaMarcus Russells, and performed at a much lower level than his signed mega contract, does he give the money back ?