As we move one day closer to the start of training camp, the situation revolving around Leon Washington and his mission for a new contract will continue to be a hot topic and one that obviously bears monitoring.
Just for a refresher, we detailed Washington's situation here a while ago in order to try to clarify where both sides are coming from. Washington, who's earning $535,000 in the final year of his initial four-year deal, hasn't totally ruled out the possibility of holding out from training camp, although the stiff $17,000 fine for every day missed makes a lengthy boycott probably unlikely.
In an interview that's posted on playersvoice.com (Tip of the cap to JayM for pointing this out to us, which comes courtesy of our friends at holyjoemath.com.), Washington speaks about his search for a new contract and whether he's going to report to camp on time next week.
"It's steady going," he said in regards to contract talks between the Jets and his agent Alvin Keels and whether he'll be at camp. "Contact situations are a process where it takes a lot ot time. You have to trust your management. I have to trust Alvin Keels. I believe he will go out and do a good job for me. But I have to be patient. It's an ongoing process. The good thing about it is the New York Jets want to get something done, and I'm honored to be in that situation. So I look forward to it."
Washington didn't waver when asked if he wants to continue to be a Jet.
"This is where I want to be," he said. "I'm young in my career. I believe I did all the things I need to do on and off the field to deserve the right to have this contract extension. So hopefully I can be rewarded for all the things I've done on and off the field."
In a Tweet less than 40 minutes ago, Keels indicated he's still trying to get something done soon for a few of his clients and that no doubt includes Washington.
"Im hoping to make some progress on a couple of deals this week, training camp is right around the corner," Keels said on his Twitter account.
As for the interview with Washington, a few other topics were discussed, such as a look back at how crazy things were with the person who's name has been banned from this blog around. But I thought one of the more candid responses Washington gave was when he discussed how badly things unraveled the last five games.
That talk of a Giants-Jets Super Bowl -- which by the way at the time I thought was just plain ridiculous hype -- was a bit premature, wasn't it?
"We get gassed up and took the gasoline and didn't finish the way we wanted to finish," Washington said. "So I think it's learning process and it's a learning curve, especially for the younger guys, that you have to finish. The football season is 16 games. You have to finish. So hopefully we can take that to heart and come out better this year."
Buried in the announcement of Marc Anthony's new minority ownership of the Dolphins, was this little nugget: he will also perform the national anthem during the Jets' Oct. 12 MNF clash with the Fins in Miami. What a game that should be.
Between Channing Crowder-Rex Ryan storylines to the fact that game marks the return of Calvin Pace from his four-game suspension to seeing the Fins' new partial owner belting notes in the pregame, it all makes for an intriguing night in South Florida.