Impasse ends with Jets TE Baker getting extension

9/11/2008 - NFL Chris Baker New York Jets + more

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have signed tight
end Chris Baker to a contract extension, a team spokesman confirmed
Wednesday night.

The deal, first reported by the NFL Network, was completed last
weekend and could keep the seven-year veteran with the Jets through
the 2012 season. The team wouldn't divulge contract details, but it
is reportedly for another three years on Baker's current deal.

Baker, in the third year of a four-year contract worth $6.6
million, had a career-high 41 catches last season.

The NFL Network reported that the deal will pay Baker $12.2
million over the three new years, which could include $9 million
guaranteed if he plays in half the team's offensive plays this
season. Baker could also become a free agent if New York decides
against paying the guaranteed money.

The 28-year-old Baker ripped the organization and demanded a
trade during the summer, saying the Jets refused to renegotiate his
contract after claiming that they told his former agent they would
look into it.

He missed a portion of minicamp after hurting his back during a
practice, and was reportedly fined by the team for missing an
injury treatment session. He tempered his scathing remarks during
training camp, saying his current agent and the team were in
contract talks.

He had two catches for 34 yards in the season opener at Miami,
and has 126 receptions for 1,345 yards and 12 touchdowns in his