Q&A with Jon Jansen
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Big Jon!

Posted Aug 1, 2003


If anyone understands the situation Champ Bailey is in, it's right tackle Jon Jansen. He went through this process last year before finally signing a new contract in December. The Redskins said all along they wanted to keep him, which they're now saying about Bailey.

Q: Is it about the money?

A: More than money it's about respect. Is the place that you played for the last four years, do they respect you enough to offer you what you're worth, to make a commitment to you. A lot of it doesn't have to do with the dollars.

Q: Can it become a distraction?

A: Once you start doing what you've always done, you don't get caught up in things off the field. It's always my place to go to get away from everything off the field. Once it's going, it's great catharsis.

Q: Was there ever a point where you wanted to go to the front office and say, 'Why don't you get this done?'

A: Yeah. Everyone talks about the process, but in my opinion the process is BS. You either get it done or you don't. Mr. Snyder stepped in at the end and said the same thing, 'Let's get it done.' That's when we finally got there.

Q: Where was he before?

A: That's a question I asked myself for a long time. It was a long process. I didn't understand it and I don't know if I ever will. But in the end I wanted to be a Washington Redskin and Mr. Snyder wanted me to stay and we were able to work it out.

Q: Was there ever a point where you felt, 'I'm not going to sign no matter what?'

A: I'm sure you can get to that point, but you also have to understand it's a business. While there is an emotional side to it, it's also a business. You have to say, 'If I turn this contract down and go to free agency, could I get more? Or will I get less or the same amount and if I get more is it a situation I want to be in? Will it be in Miami? I don't want to play in that kind of heat. You have to weigh all those options so I don't think you ever come to a point where you say no matter what I'm not signing.

Q: Do you understand Champ's frustrations?

A: Oh yeah. It's a frustrating process. Luckily for me it was just me and my wife. Champ has a kid and a wife. When you add all those things in it makes it harder. You're not just thinking for yourself, you're thinking for your family.

Q: If you had been to three straight Pro Bowls, wouldn't you hope this would get done before camp?

A: Yeah, but I talked to Champ because I did go through what he's going through. I told him it's a process no one wants to go through, but everyone has to go through it. In the end if they want you to stay they'll find a way.

Q: Does it get personal?

A: It gets personal in a lot of respects. You just don't know what someone's thinking. They may think you're the best right tackle in the league. They may think you're the eighth best tackle in the league. Then you have to listen to them tell you we don't think you do this very good. I was involved more than a lot of guys are.

Q: Was there a feeling before that the players and the organization weren't on the same page?

A: There was so much change that you're always looking to see what the next change is going to be. Now with a little consistency of the coaching staff and with the players, there's a feeling of, 'We finally know what we'll be doing and what we need to get there.'



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