Both ESPN and local New York media outlets are reporting that Law will sign a 3-year deal worth approximately $18 million, with a $5 million signing bonus. Those familiar with the negotiations have indicated it is heavily laden with incentives and other bonuses that are tied to Law's ability to return to his all-pro form.
According to his agent Carl Poston, Law still has to sign off on a clause in the contract that ties a portion of the deal to the cornerback's ability to return at full health. The Jets are looking to protect themselves in the event Law is unable to return to the same form that enabled him to become a four-time pro bowler.
Since breaking bones in his foot in a game vs the Pittsburgh Steelers Halloween night in 2004, Law has been unable to practice or return to the field in any competitive aspect. The Patriots held off placing him on injured reserve until the final weeks of the season hoping that the injury would heal quickly. That was not the case and Law has been out of commission until just a few short weeks ago.
Law became a free agent in February when he refused to sign an offer from the Patriots for 4 years and $24 million. The team then released him in order to save approximately $9 million in cap space.
The Law Tour
Law started his free agent tour almost immediately after the Patriots released him. His agent has been fielding calls from other teams and setting up visits in an effort to drum up interest in the high profile player. The Kansas City Chiefs, the Detroit Lions, the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers are among the list.
The Chiefs were Law's first stop, but reports coming from Kansas City indicated that Law wasn't' ready to show he was healthy, and the Chiefs weren't willing to risk spending big money to acquire an unknown. They elected to trade for Patrick Surtain and sign Ashley Ambrose to shore up their secondary.
One of those teams Law visited, the Jaguars, declined to offer him a contract before he left. Jags head coach Jack Del Rio, refused to speculate on Law's ability to return to the field at 100%.
The Lions, whose GM Matt Millen insists they're still interested in acquiring the former Patriot, also made moves when it was apparent Law wasn't going to be ready for training camp. Millen added R.W. McQuarters in June.
The Dolphins, Colts and Steelers remain longshots to make a run at Law at this point, needing to use their limited cap space to address their other needs. The Rams, are a latecomer to the mix, and may still have a chance should negotiations break down with the Jets.
Should the deal with the Jets go through, Law would rejoin former teammates Sam Gash and Curtis Martin in New York. Law and Martin are close friends and have been in contact throughout the process. It's believed that Martin has even agreed to rework his contract to enable the Jets to meet his friend's asking price.
By acquiring Law, the Jets will have improved an already sound defense, and addressed the void left by the retirement of Donnie Abraham.
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