[QUOTE=DDNYjets;4541601]Seems like a win-win. He takes a bit of a cut in exchange for some guarantees and security.
Vlad is all the security he needs.
Does $300K even do anything for the team?
I personally think we should have done nothing, and if the shoulder was holding resign him mid season....cant have enough low cost players.
Teams do stuff like this all the time. I have no issue with the money aspect or even the tactic of a perceived competition to pressure him. It's a business.
My problem is we drafted a prospect in the 2nd round who played RT his whole career to be the successor to Damien Woody. The excuses for his horrible failures last year was that he didn't have time to train and work due to the lockout. So what do we do with him this year? Instead of giving him every possible rep at RT, mind you the position where we currently employ possibly the worst starter in the league, we throw him over at LG to give off a perceived competition to get a guy to take a $300k paycut. LG is significantly different than RT, so giving Vlad reps there pretty much dismisses the possibility that he'll go back to RT at all.
I am a pretty big supporter of Tanny, but these moves of late have been mind boggling.
On March 23, 2010, Hunter signed a 1 year tender with the Jets worth about $1.2 million. Hunter came to an agreement on a four year $15 million contract extension on July 26, 2011 with the team, replacing Damien Woody.
Slauson's agent could have just as easily rejected the offer to guarantee his contract.
Wayne Hunter and Eric Smith
I lumped these two together because neither is a large contract, but both are good illustrations of smart ways to lock up players that could become big contributors. It is a similar strategy that the Jets used with Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito a few years back, by locking them up at low costs and low penalties for cutting them. Neither Hunter nor Smith received a signing bonus on their deals making the total values of the deal essentially meaningless. The Jets guaranteed the first two years of the Hunter contract indicating that they have every intention of making him the starting right tackle for the near future and was likely necessary to keep him from signing elsewhere. So this is a 2 year $5 million deal, a bargain if he ends up being a starter these next two years, which helps offset the higher cost of the left tackle and center. If he plays well enough he could earn the final two years of the contract, which average $3.5 million a season, which are a bargain if he really nails down that starter position, but most likely the Jets will be in the market for a new right tackle in 2013 via the draft.
Why Keep RT Wayne Hunter?
You geniuses ever think that Slauson and his agent went to Tanny and asked for the last year to be guaranteed in exchange for taking a pay cut?
Seriously. This reminds me of the scene from "Office Space" when The Bobs ask Tom Smykowski, "What would you say you do here"?
On Wednesday, Rex Ryan declared the left-guard competition over, saying Slauson is his guy. Ending a competition before the first game? That indicates it never was a competition; it was to gain leverage in a negotiation.
Explaining his decision, Ryan made sure to mention that Ducasse "will play" at left guard during the season. That ain't happening unless Slauson gets hurt. The Jets are trying to give the impression that Ducasse still has value to them. Why? There's already scuttlebutt in the league that they could try to trade him, trying to recoup something -- anything -- for the second-round pick they wasted. Good luck.