Pennington willing to extend contract deadline

While there is nothing done yet, it looks like quarterback Chad Pennington is close to signing a seven-year contract extension with at least $20 million in guaranteed money.<p>

Prior to training camp, Pennington had set a September 1 deadline for a contract extension because he didn't want negotiations taking away from his focus during the season. But if something isn't done by tomorrow, it looks like Pennington will extend the deadline by a couple of days.

"All I ask is that I can focus on Cincinnati and that starts on Saturday," said Pennington.

Pennington has the feeling that a deal is imminent.

"I don't have any negative vibes," said Pennington. "I feel confident. I think we will get something done."

Pennington's agent Tom Condon and Jets assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum have been working diligently together to hammer out a deal. While Pennington wants to get the best deal he can, he also has made it clear to Condon that he wants the deal to be cap-friendly, so the the Jets can sign their other upcoming free agents including his right tackle Kareem McKenzie and favorite target, wideout Santana Moss.

"Tom knows how I feel about being a team player," said Pennington. "We both know that our primary goal is to win a championship."

In Indianapolis, quarterback Peyton Manning's deal was so lucrative ($98 million contract, including a $34.8 million signing bonus), it has hurt the Colts ability to sign other players. While Pennington won't say anything bad about Manning, who is also represented by Condon, he doesn't want to create a Colts scenario with the Jets. And the Jets don't either, and according to a league source, have brought that up in negotiations.

If for some reason Pennington doesn't get an extension by Saturday, he says it won't impact his play this year.

"Getting a contract extension isn't going to make me play better," said Pennington.


The Jets waived defensive end Joey Evans. He hurt his foot in the New Orleans preseason game, and proceeded to miss the Indianapolis and Giant games. He will likely get an injury settlement since Jets coach Herman Edwards announced to the media a few hours prior to the transaction that Evans' injury would keep him out of Friday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles . . .

It's no secret the Jets have a shaky backup offensive tackle situation. One player who could be a factor there is second-year player Lance Nimmo. The Jets claimed Nimmo from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last summer, and spent last year developing him. Then they sent him to NFL Europe where he started the entire season at left tackle for the Cologne Centurions. Then most of this summer he has been playing right tackle. He says he feels equally comfortable at both positions, so if the Jets release (or trade) Brent Smith, Nimmo could emerge as the backup swing tackle . . .

Quarterback Quincy Carter is struggling with the Jets snap count . . .

Toby Gowin has looked good punting this week, and his injured groin is feeling much better. But there aren't great expectations for him kicking at the Meadowlands this year.

"For some reason, nobody punts well in our stadium," said Edwards . . .

It looks like Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson is going to call the plays from the press box. He has been toying with the idea of doing it from the sidelines, but it looks like the press box has won out . . .

The Jets are considering the idea of playing defensive end Bryan Thomas at the three-technique tackle position when he comes off the injury list. He will not play this Friday against Philadelphia due to a groin injury.

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