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Jets close deal on Faneca
By Jets Insider.com Staff
February 29th, 2008
Seven time All-Pro G Alan Faneca will give a big boost to the Jets offensive line.
Seven time All-Pro G Alan Faneca will give a big boost to the Jets offensive line.
Ending a whirlwind first day of free agency, the Jets bagged the elephant as they inked crown jewel free agent guard Alan Faneca to a multi-year deal.

The signing was confirmed by Jets Insider.com by more than one source including ESPN. Faneca will travel to Hempstead this weekend to get a physical and officially sign the deal.

Although details of the deal are not known at press time, sources say Faneca's contract with NY is reportedly for at least four years in the range of $32MM with $20MM guaranteed. The 31 year old ten year veteran from LSU had played all of his previous season with the Steelers where he made seven Pro-Bowls. He will surely shore up a Jets line that was horrid last year.

UPDATE (3/1): As reported yesterday by JI, Faneca's agent confirms deal. The actual numbers are five years for a total of $40MM with $21MM in guaranteed money. The deal is the richest for an offensive lineman in NFL history.

In other news, the team annouced late today that the extended the contract of DT Sione Pouha. Details were not known at press time. They also confirmed stories broken by JI earlier today regarding the trade for Panthers DT Kris Jenkins and LB Jonathan Vilma to New Orleans.

ALSO(Update 3/1): Unrestricted FA S Erik Coleman signed a four year deal with the Falcons today worth a total of $10MM with a $3MM signing bonus. Coleman, a former 5th round pick in 2004 was a shining star at the beginning of his career but had his role diminshed significantly over the past 2 seasons.

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