Running back LaMont Jordan and his agent met yesterday with Jets general manager Terry Bradway to discuss the backup runner's future, and The Star-Ledger is reporting that Jordan came away less than impressed about how the team proposed to handle his contract status as he heads into his final season before unrestricted free agency. "We want a strong commitment from the New York Jets or we want to be dealt," Jordan's agent Alvin Keels told the Associated Press. "I haven't received any assurances that either is going to happen. LaMont wants to be paid market value as a No. 1 back. If he's going to be in the Jets' plans, he wants to be rewarded."
Assuming for a moment that Jordan deserved to be paid like a No. 1 back?which given his 798 career rushing yards and eight career touchdowns is a huge assumption?the Jets would be hard-pressed to justify doing so. Starting running back Curtis Martin, who has out gained Jordan by nearly 11,000 yards, is in the third year of an eight-year, $43 million contract that guarantees him $2.8 million this season. NFL teams simply cannot afford to over invest in one particular position. Jordan will likely demand a trade this week and threaten to hold out, which only increases Martin's value given the prospect of a season in which Jordan won't be there to vulture his goal-line carries.
Very good news for those of you who took a chance on Martin, bad news for those of you who took a chance on Jordan. I've also heard Martin was already scheduled to get a big increase in his number of carries in the pre-season in hopes of preventing a repeat of his slow regular season starts of the last two years.