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Jets, Jordan Meet to Talk About Future

May 5, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ LaMont Jordan and his agent met with the New York Jets on Tuesday to discuss the reserve running back’s future with the team.

Jordan, the subject of trade rumors during the offseason, wants a long-term extension and the promise he will become the starter when Curtis Martin leaves. Agent Alvin Keels said a little progress was made during the meeting, but Jordan didn’t back off his wishes.

``We want a strong commitment from the New York Jets or we want to be dealt,″ Keels said Tuesday night. ``I haven’t received any assurances that either is going to happen.″

Keels said he will talk again with the Jets later in the week. If the Jets want to offer a long-term deal, Keels wants Jordan to be paid as a No. 1 running back.

Jordan, a second-round pick in 2001, has one year left on his contract. He said Sunday he wants a bigger role in the offense this season, but is not expecting to supplant Martin. Jordan just wants to know he is the future at the position for the organization.

``LaMont wants to be paid market value as a No. 1 back,″ Keels said. ``If he’s going to be in the Jets’ plans, he wants to be rewarded.″

Keels said if the Jets don’t want to negotiate a new deal, then he would demand a trade.

``Right now, its up in the air,″ Keels said. ``At the end of the day, the Jets hold the magic key.″

Jordan rushed for 190 yards on 46 carries last season and scored four touchdowns. He has been used mostly on short-yardage situations and near the goal line.

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