Leon Washington was anticipating his first big payday but rejected the Jets? last offer last summer of a deal worth at least $5 million annually. Seeking $6 million or more, he said in July, ?For me not to get rewarded, I?m not happy about it.? Washington suffered a bloody compound fracture of his right tibia and fibula in Sunday's win against Oakland. Alan Herman, Washington?s former agent, said, ?He lost the value of his contract this year, and sometimes you can never make that up.? He also lost a signing bonus of as much as $15 million if the deal was for five or six years, Herman said. In the N.F.L., where nonguaranteed contracts are the norm, the bonus is a critical part of what players are paid.
Washington's Injury Makes Not Taking Jets' Offer A Bad Gamble