Baker appears on Sirius NFL Radio

Jets tight end Chris Baker appeared on Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 124) on Thursday, and was asked about his contract dispute.

Baker once again claimed he was told by the Jets prior to last season, that they would revisit his contract situation, if he played well in 2007. He put up the best numbers of his career.

"They said go out and have a good year and we will talk," said Baker, who is scheduled to make $683,500 in 2008. "I did my part, and they haven't done their part."

Baker, who is boycotting the Jets off-season conditioning program over his current deal, hopes the two sides can workout a compromise.

"Hopefully they will step up and honor what they said," said Baker. "I do want to be here."

What was Baker's reaction to the team trading up to pick Purdue tight end. Dustin Keller with the 30th pick of the first round?

"I was a little surprised, but it didn't catch me off guard," said Baker, who was in Bahamas when he heard the news. "But maybe they want to go in a different direction."

But Baker doesn't think the addition of Keller knocks him out of the Jets plans for 2008.

"We have different skill-sets," said Baker.

Baker is a much better blocker than Keller, and the rookie is more of a deep threat.

The part of the situation that bothers Baker the most is that he is slated to be the team's third highest paid tight end in 2008. He repeated this concern several times during the interview with Solomon Wilcots and Tim Hasselbeck. Obviously Keller is going to make more that $683,500 after being a first round pick, and remember the team also gave free agent Bubba Franks a deal for around $1.6 million.

When asked if he would boycott the mandatory mini-camp and training camp, Baker was non-committal.


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