Jets Rumors & News
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Tight end, Chris Baker finally practiced with the New York Jets at Hofstra University yesterday. After missing 11 days (13 practices) of training camp, this marked the first time Baker practiced with the team. His ailing back landed him on the physically unable to perform list. He also has been unhappy with team brass about his contract and he blasted management about their alleged promise for a new pact. The Queens’ native also missed a part of minicamp last month, and was fined for missing an injury treatment session. Baker has two years left on his current deal, worth $6.6 million dollars.
He will earn $683,500 this season after receiving an $800,000 advance on his 2008 season. Baker feels he is vastly underpaid and previously demanded to be traded. The 28-year old is coming off his most productive season, catching a career high 41 balls for 409 yards. However, the Jets signed veteran tight end Bubba Franks in the off-season and drafted speedy Dustin Keller in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft. The former Spartan declined the chance to talk about the contract issue with the media after yesterday’s practice.
In his absence, Keller has shine so far in camp especially in the Green-White game, where he caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kellen Clemens. He finished the game with 4 receptions for 79 yards. In yesterday’s practice Baker worked on blocking in the morning session with both the first and second team offenses. He is the Jets’ best overall tight end because he blocks, and catches, and has good speed. At 6’3” and 258 pounds he has prototypical size for a tight end who runs crisp routes. The Jets do not publically talk about contract negotiations and Baker’s agent, Jonathan Feinsod, has had little contact with General Manager Mike Tannebaum. If the two can not come to an agreement and the Jets decide to move number 86 they have Jason Pociask, A.J. Schable, and James Dearth, primarily a long snapper, in addition to Franks and Keller. If they choose to keep the seven-year veteran, they’ll likely run a lot of two-tight end sets this season.

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