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    Jets hold all the leverage in Baker 'negotiations'

    While most in the Jets' organization embraced the first-round selection of TE Dustin Keller, one who was notably annoyed to put it mildly was starting TE Chris Baker. Baker is entering the third year of a four-year, $6.6 million contract and has publicly stated his desire for a raise. The way we hear it, there's no realistic possibility of his demands being met. By drafting Keller and signing free agent Bubba Franks to a one-year deal, the Jets have effectively negated all leverage that Baker had in the situation. Despite improving his receiving totals in each of his six NFL seasons, Baker is viewed as nothing more than a solid, all-around tight end, not the stretch-the-seam variety in vogue throughout the league. Therefore, it's also unrealistic to think that Baker will be traded. His value isn't great enough to warrant another organization parting with a draft pick for a slightly above-average player who's already proved himself as a malcontent. Because of these factors, we hear that there's little reason to think that Baker would hold out in training camp, as he realizes he'd be fined and have little chance of receiving his ultimate objective more money.

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    what if he starts fumbling the ball on purpose to get back at the jets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca View Post
    what if he starts fumbling the ball on purpose to get back at the jets
    then he'll be known as a guy who fumbles a lot and will never get another contract in the NFL.

    Cut off your nose to ..something something something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFB View Post
    then he'll be known as a guy who fumbles a lot and will never get another contract in the NFL.

    Cut off your nose to ..something something something.
    oooo. wheww. i was starting to get worried there

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    Star players can do stuff like this.
    JAGS likes Baker embarrass themselves when they do this.
    Baker is not getting another dime.

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    I'm not understanding the lack of love for Baker here from media and posters here. He is quite underrated and has been a solid player and citizen. Plus he comes cheap. Extend him next season and be done with it.

    After all, isn't Ray Lucas' nickname for him, "Baker the Touchdown maker?" Come on, he's had some sick catches for TDs. The Chiefs, Titans, Ravens, and Browns (almost) games come to mind.

    Plus, he was in pass blocking all last season and should get more reps with a better OL. I think Schott has a plan to feature the TE in the offense so 3 is not a crowd and now is a position of depth.
    Last edited by suprjet; 05-09-2008 at 05:03 PM.

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    I think everyone here likes Baler, its just that he is now complaining about a deal that he himself signed.

    and the fact that he is average at best, most of us believe he has no business asking for more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprjet View Post
    I'm not understanding the lack of love for Baker here from media and posters here. He is quite underrated and has been a solid player and citizen. Plus he comes cheap. Extend him next season and be done with it.

    After all, isn't Ray Lucas' nickname for him, "Baker the Touchdown maker?" Come on, he's had some sick catches for TDs. The Chiefs, Titans, Ravens, and Browns (almost) games come to mind.

    Plus, he was in pass blocking all last season and should get more reps with a better OL. I think Schott has a plan to feature the TE in the offense so 3 is not a crowd and now is a position of depth.
    He's doing this to himself..absolutely not..you do not restructure everyone's contract who comes crying to do so...especially not Baker who isn't underrated..he is what he is..an avg. TE who had most of his 2008 salary moved to 2007 which is why he is making so little this season...makes ZERO sense to rework his deal especially considering he already received most of his income for 2008.

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