EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Patrick Turner #88 of the New York Jets runs from Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
So the news of the day for Jets fans, other than the lady who made us cry by asking to see Mark Sanchez at the Giants' parade, is that the Jets have re-signed WR Patrick Turner to a 1 year deal. In addition, Shonn Greene's salary for this past year was raised from $565,000 to $615,000, and Mike DeVito earned $2.26 million, up from $1.96 million. These bumps are from performance or playing time incentives from their contracts. Dustin Keller also earned $2 million extra for 2012 from a performance-based escalator.
I can't say that I'm particularly thrilled about Patrick Turner. After several years in the league, he has never really performed other than mostly as a blocker. In the few games at the end of the year he seemed to do well, most notably against the Dolphins, however there's no real reason to say he's doing anything worth resigning. He will earn $615,000 this year, which as you might note, was as much as our starting running back.
I know Turner is an old buddy of Mark Sanchez, who needs some continuity right now, but I would have rather seen that roster spot go to someone who has potential and hasn't proven to be a failure. I imagine an Eron Riley, Logan Payne, or Scotty McKnight in that spot. Hopefully this year will be the light switch and we'll see the Plaxico Burress he's always been physically capable of becoming.