Jets extend guard Moore's contract three years

Updated: September 12, 2007, 12:30 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Starting right guard Brandon Moore, the longest-tenured member of the New York Jets' offensive line, has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2013 season.

Including bonuses and base salaries, the extension essentially created a contract that is worth about $23 million. The deal earned Moore a $1 million boost in base salary for 2007, to $1.8 million. The base salaries for the three seasons of the contract extension are $2 million (2011), $1.75 million (2012), and $1 million (2013).

Moore, 27, had already been under contract through 2010. The fifth-year veteran walked out of camp for a half-day this summer, to protest his contract status, but quickly returneed. The two sides then began working on the extension.

A college defensive tackle at Illinois, Moore was switched to guard in training camp 2002, after he signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent. Moore was released that summer, re-signed in 2003, and made the regular-season roster as a backup.

He moved into the New York starting lineup in 2004 and has been a fixture since then, and last Sunday's regular-season opener marked his 42nd consecutive start.

Moore is a stabilizing force on the Jets' blocking unit, and that element was key in 2006, as he played with new starters on both sides of him. His leadership role was reinforced when the Jets traded unhappy starting left guard Pete Kendall to Washington last month.

For his career, Moore has appeared in 49 games, starting 46.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.