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George Fant expresses discontent with lack of NY Jets contract extension

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New York Jets offensive tackle George Fant uses Twitter to subtly comment on state of contract talks

One of the few New York Jets players who is currently considered a strong candidate for a long-term contract extension is offensive tackle George Fant, who put himself on the map for an extension with a stellar 2021 season.

It appears that those talks might not be going so well (if they are happening at all).

On Wednesday, Fant made a curious post on Twitter that appeared to express his displeasure with the lack of a contract extension from the Jets.

Replying to a post that shared the news of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick’s lucrative extension (4 years, $73.6 million), Fant commented, “Must be nice”.

It is not the first time this offseason that Fant has used Twitter to subtly discuss the state of his contract.

Fant is entering the final year of a three-year, $27.3 million contract he signed with the Jets in March 2020. He is due to have a cap hit of $11.1 million this season. That is currently poised to rank 16th-highest in the NFL among offensive tackles.

The 2021 season was a breakout year for Fant, who took over for Mekhi Becton at left tackle and enjoyed one of the best pass-blocking seasons by a Jets offensive tackle in recent memory.

Fant allowed pressure on only 3.0% of his snaps in pass protection, per Pro Football Focus, ranking third-best among qualified left tackles in 2021. It is also the best single-season rate allowed by a Jets tackle since PFF began tracking pressures in 2006.

The Western Kentucky product will turn 30 years old in August. He is preparing to compete with Becton for the Jets’ starting left tackle spot.

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