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    DE/OLB Calvin Pace signs with the Jets

    Pace to get $22M guaranteed in big deal with Jets
    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com

    Only a few years after a disappointing and unproductive stretch in which Calvin Pace missed much of the 2005 season following a bye-week accident, the former Arizona Cardinals hybrid defensive end/linebacker has landed a monster contract.

    Pace reached an agreement with the New York Jets on a six-year, $42 million contract on Monday. The deal, negotiated by agent Pat Dye Jr. and his associates at Atlanta-based ProFiles Sports Management, includes a signing bonus of $20 million and $22 million in total guarantees.

    The contract, which makes Pace one of the highest paid linebackers in NFL history, will pay out $26 million in its first three years.

    "We think he can help in our defense," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "We saw him play in the 3-4 defense last year and we're excited to get him."

    Pace is the second major addition to the New York defense this offseason, with the Jets having acquired tackle Kris Jenkins from Carolina last week. Pace, who chose the offer from the Jets over one from Miami, should give coach Eric Mangini the pass-rushing 3-4 linebacker they have been seeking.

    "Calvin is an intelligent, young player who has been productive as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment," Mangini said. "He has been effective with his hand on and off the ground."

    A first-round choice in the 2003 draft, Pace has only 38 starts in five seasons. He has, however, experienced a bit of a perfect storm lately, which has raised Pace's profile with pro talent scouts around the league.

    Pace began his career playing end in a 4-3 front, dabbled some at strongside linebacker in that alignment in 2006, and then moved to linebacker full time in 2007, when the Cardinals converted to a 3-4 defense and lost pass-rushers Chike Okeafor and Bert Berry to injuries. Starting all 16 games for the first time since his 2003 rookie campaign, Pace posted 98 tackles and 6˝ sacks last season, with one interception, six passes defensed, a forced fumble and two recoveries. Following that 2005 accident, in which he severely lacerated his right forearm, the Cardinals withheld much of his base salary

    In 67 career games, the former Wake Forest star has 182 tackles and 14 sacks.
    Now that the Dolphins have missed out on Pace it looks like our chances at Chris Long have slimmed down.

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    Re: DE/OLB Calvin Pace signs with the Jets

    38 starts, 14 sacks in 5 seasons = $20M signing bonus?

    Its a world gone mad!

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    Re: DE/OLB Calvin Pace signs with the Jets

    Hmm.. I was really hoping the Fins would lock him up. How are the Jets affording all these players? They're seriously overpaying for huuuuuge name FAs like Kris Jenkins, Alan Faneca AND Calvin Pace?

    Can anyone say Washington Redskins?

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    Re: DE/OLB Calvin Pace signs with the Jets

    Pace signs...6 year, 42 million, 20 million bonus, 22 million in guarantees.

    The deal makes him one of the highest paid LB's in NFL History.

    67 games, 182 tackles (2.72 per game avg.), 14 sacks (.479 per game avg.)

    Paper or plastic???


    Unbelievable....:x

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    Re: DE/OLB Calvin Pace signs with the Jets

    The Jets are a little busy this year.


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