Keels on Sirius NFL Radio

Alvin Keels, the agent who lobbied hard for Leon Washington to leave Alan Herman, commented today on the runner's contract situation.

Host, Jim Miller - Sirius NFL Radio: "How close are you? Where are negotiations at with Leon Washington's new contract?"

Keels: "We're progressing along. Obviously they're not where we would have hoped they would be or else we would probably even have a deal right now or we'd be close to a deal right now.

"I can't say we're necessarily close but we're talking. I think one of the biggest obstacles we have to get through is the landscape of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players in Leon's situation, he's one of 116 players this year that would be free at the end of the season under the normal Collective Bargaining Agreement but being that the rules have changed a little bit this year those guys that would have been free, with contracts expiring, will not be free.

So it's almost like, do the Jets reward him as if he's going to be a free agent at the end of the season or do they treat the contract negotiation like he still has a couple of years left on the deal? So that's where the hang-up is right now in our talks but between myself and the Jets front office, we all want to get Leon in camp, of course, and he wants to be a Jet for a very long time. So I'm sure we'll work something out."


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