by Michael Stephens

Chad Pennington agreed to restructure his contract with the New York Jets, keeping him with Gang Green for a guaranteed $3 million in 2006. His original deal called for him to make $9 million next season, leading to speculation that Pennington would be cut. The $6 million difference can be made up through incentives as the quarterback looks to bounce back from two serious shoulder operations.

Pennington Will Be Back in Big Apple

It’s a good compromise for both sides. The Jets were never going to pay $9 million due to the salary cap implications and concerns about Pennington’s health. The Jets offered $1 million last month, which the former Marshall star turned down. But the sides met in the middle, with the team saving a boatload of guaranteed money and the player getting the chance to win it back. It also gives him the best chance to start.

“If the Jets didn’t think I could be the starting quarterback, I don’t think they would be interested in signing me at all. I thought coming back to New York would give me the best chance to be a starter in this league. If I went to a team that already had a starter, then I’d have to be a backup. I want to be on the field,” Pennington told the New York Times.

If he is, he is a respectable fantasy play in any league. But be wary of his injury history and don’t put too much stock in him early in your draft.



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March 9, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

[…] Just because Chad Pennington renegotiated his deal with the Jets doesn’t mean New York is settled on its starting quarterback for next season. In a sign that the club may trade for back up help, Patrick Ramsey visited the team’s complex this week. […]


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March 18, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

[…] Ramsey began last season as a started in Washington before giving way to Mark Brunell. He’ll be used as an insurance policy in the Big Apple, in case Chad Pennington doesn’t return successfully from shoulder surgery. […]

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