Last week the Jets signed Curtis Martin to an extension that, with options, is worth $46 million over eight years. Not surprising, considering that the 29-year-old Martin is 17th on the alltime NFL rushing list after his first seven seasons, amassing more than 1,150 yards each of those years. (He's only the second player who's done that.)
Martin, 5'11" and 210 pounds, has lost only four games to injury in his seven seasons, but it would be an upset if he remains healthy enough to play out the contract. The Jets, mindful of that, inserted a clause in Martin's contract that will compel him to pay back a portion of the money if he suffers a career-ending injury.
The End Zone
There hasn't been a player named Rocky in the NFL since 1987, when the Jets employed tight end Rocky Klever. But last Friday night Tennessee rookie linebackers Rocky Calmus and Rocky Boiman combined on a fourth-quarter tackle of Green Bay fullback Chris Gall. When the Titans announced their final cuts, both Calmus and Boiman survived.