Steve Smith wants to see Greg Jennings-type dough
Steve Smith would like a new contract from the New York Giants, but he’s not going to no-show when training camp starts to protest his salary in the final year of his rookie contract.
Smith would like the Giants to show him the money, but as deserving as he was last season, it was the first year he put up big-time production. Smith set the Giants’ all-time mark with 107 receptions last season to go with 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns as the team discovered there was life after Plaxico Burress.
According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, the Giants would like to get Smith locked up longterm but the expiring CBA has made it difficult for extensions to be done at this point. Smith has tried to draw parallels between his situation and that of Darrelle Revis, the New York Jets cornerback who might not show up for the start of training camp.
“I feel Revis deserves it, but he's still has a lot of years remaining on his contract," Smith told Schwartz. "This is my last year. I feel like I've accomplished some good things here so I hope the people here respect that and honor that.”
The problem with that comparison is Revis has been a top performer since he came into the league. Smith has been a top performer for one season.
“I deserve to at least be getting what these other players in the NFL are getting, like a Greg Jennings, at least,” Smith said.
Jennings? He’s averaged 16.1 yards per catch for four seasons and had two 1,000-yard seasons and would have had a third had he not missed three games. He’s caught 25 touchdown passes over the last three seasons and scored a $26.8 million, four-year extension in 2009. That deal included $16.25 million in guarantees.
It seems to us Smith needs to show a larger body of work, and his timing isn’t good. He’s not the only player facing that issue.
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