Thursday, January 19, 2023

Former Jets Pro Bowler Signs Massive $22.6M Extension

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A former New York Jets Pro Bowler just got paid.

NFL insider Adam Schefter from ESPN uncovered Wednesday, Jan. 18 that the Seattle Seahawks signed field kicker Jason Myers to a new long-term contract.

The 31-year-old, who will turn 32 ahead of the 2023 season, going to happen now the second-highest-paid kicker in the NFL, behind only Baltimore Ravens star Justin Tucker. With his new contract, he is expected to earn $ 5.27 million a year.

It’s a four-year deal for $21.1 million but has a maximum value of $22.6 million with incentives.

Jason Myers’ football career got off to a rocky start.

After being undrafted by Marist in 2013, he received no offers from the NFL. Instead, he originally had to find his own way through the Arena Football League.

He finally got his chance in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015 and had a fine three-year streak with the team.

However, after a horrible performance in October 2017, it all came crashing down when he missed three kicks. The Jaguars threw him over the curb after the game.

He eventually found his way to the Jets when they reclaimed him from the Seattle Seahawks waivers on August 21, 2018. They both sort of tripped over each other and it was instant magic.

In Myers’ only season with Gang Green, he became a reliable presence and holed his first Pro Bowl ticket. He scored 33/36 on field goals (91 percent conversion rate), 30/33 on extra points, and delivered when they needed him most.

He was set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and there was massive debate in the Jets building and on social media as to whether they should bring him back. Ultimately Gang Green thought he was a one year wonder and didn’t want to overreact and overpay him.

Seattle, who originally cut him before the Jets got their hands on him, realized their mistake and locked him in during the free hand. He’s been with the team for four years and has proven to be worth every penny:

Since the Jets let Myers slip through their fingers, the organization has endured its worst table game ever at the foosball position.

According to Jets senior reporter Randy LongGreg Zuerlein in 2022 became the seventh different opener in the past seven years for the Jets.

On August 23, I jokingly asked if the “seventh time” had the appeal and actually has it.

Zuerlein, affectionately known as Legatron, scored 30 out of 37 on his field goals (81.1 percent conversion rate). Most impressive was his field goal reach of over 50 yards, which he converted with 6/11.

While there were certainly some bumps in the road during the season, Zürlein proved he should be the guy for the present and the foreseeable future.

The 35-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and the Jets will have to decide if they’re willing to let another talented kicker slip through their fingers.

Zuerlein, affectionately known as Legatron, scored 30 out of 37 on his field goals (81.1 percent conversion rate). Most impressive was his field goal reach of over 50 yards, which he converted with 6/11.



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