Fant was a revelation this past season, and his emergence helped ease the loss of Mekhi Becton and then some. Entering the final year of his contract, there's been some talk this offseason about the Jets looking to extend Fant.
Fant, however, might be tired of waiting.
The veteran offensive lineman responded to a tweet about star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick's new four-year, $73.6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers with a very cryptic "Must be nice."
It isn't hard to read in between the lines and determine what Fant is referring to. He wants a new contract as well, and given his comment, it's hard to imagine the two sides are close to an extension.
George Fant hinted at his frustration with the NY Jets over his contract situation
The Jets originally signed Fant to a three-year, $27.3 million contract prior to the 2020 season. The soon-to-be 30-year-old is due to make a little over $11 million in 2022, although with no financial security past this season, Fant is looking for an extension.
Given how well he played in 2021, it would appear an extension should be in order. Fant was exceptional last season, allowing the second-fewest pressures of any qualified starting left tackle in the NFL.
The only two qualified offensive tackles to allow fewer pressures were Tristan Wirfs and Andrew Whitworth — two players who are widely considered to be among the best tackles in the league.
Fant was also one of just four left tackles to play at least 500 pass-block snaps and allow one or fewer sacks. He was legitimately one of the best left tackles in football. As such, it's easy to see why he wants a new deal.
From the Jets' perspective, they might be a little hesitant given Fant's one year of production. The Western Kentucky product has mostly been a fringe starter for the majority of his career. Last season was a significant departure from the mean.
The Jets might want to see if Fant can repeat his stellar 2021 performance before forking over a considerable sum of cash. Although, the longer they wait, the more they risk Fant's price tag rising exponentially.
For now, this is nothing more than a blip on the radar, but George Fant doesn't appear to be happy. Here's to hoping that the situation doesn't escalate further.