New York Jets: Shaun Ellis, Pay The Man!

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The agents of New York Jets free agent defensive end Shaun Ellis have released today that the team has offered him a one year contract at the veteran’s minimum of about 900 thousand dollars. He is currently contemplating the offer and does want to finish his career with the Jets but will explore other options.

Is there a reason, the Jets can’t up this offer slightly? We know they have the space available to do it, so why not bump his contract over the 1 million mark so he doesn’t have to come back on the absolute minimum? Ellis has played his entire career with the Jets, after being their first round pick in 2000. Eleven seasons of being a productive, consistent defensive end in both the 3-4 and 4-3. Al Groh, Herman Edwards, Eric Mangini, and now Rex Ryan…Ellis has been here through them all.

He is the type of player who is going to end up in the team’s Ring of Honor one day and it is not like he still isn’t productive. Ellis was a solid starter every week for the Jets last year and dominated New England in the playoffs. It is a smart football move to have him mentor rookie Muhammad Wilkerson at his position this year.

Pay the man. Nobody has an interest in seeing him leave for the Patriots or Dolphins.