Alvin Keels, the agent for Leon Washington, said he hopes to re-establish dialogue with the Jets regarding stalled contract talks that have led to his client opting not to participate in the team’s voluntary workouts the past two days.
Washington, a versatile backup running back and kick returner, has received low offers regarding a contract extension, prompting him not to report to the non-contact practices, which started Monday. Washington, who had 2,337 all-purpose yards last season, is entering the final year of his contract at $535,000 in base salary.
Washington’s absence compounds that of starting RB Thomas Jones, who also has skipped all voluntary offseason workouts, supposedly because of his desire for a new contract. Jones, who is owed $900,000 next season and $2.8 million in 2010, is working out in Florida. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Tuesday on the social networking Web site Twitter that he trained with Jones, Panthers LB Jon Beason, 49ers RB Frank Gore and Browns WR Donte’ Stallworth and that Jones is in good shape.
The Jets selected RB Shonn Greene out of the University of Iowa in the third round of last month’s draft. Jehuu Caulcrick and Danny Woodhead are the only other running backs listed on the Jets’ official roster.
The Jets and new coach Rex Ryan are scheduled to hold their first and only mandatory minicamp June 9-11.
– Steve Wyche