Jason Maxiell considering opting out of his contract after comeback season

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Maxiell, who signed a four-year, $20 million extension right before the 2008-09 season, has a player option for next season where he could become a restricted free agent.

If he did so, he’d leave $5 million on the table.

“It’s an option,” Maxiell said

While he’s unlikely to get $5 million a season from another team, long-term security could be in mind for the 29-year-old forward and now could be just as good a time as any to hit the market.

“That could be the smart thing to do, but Detroit’s my home and the security I have with them could be great for next season,” said Maxiell, who’s married and a father of an infant son. “But again, I had a great year but the time hasn’t come yet.”

Jason Maxiell would be an unrestricted free agent – not a restricted free agent, as Goodwill wrote said an editor inserted before the error was corrected in the story without acknowledging the article previously contained an inaccuracy – but otherwise, that’s the case. Maxiell could give himself a chance at more long-term money at the expense of a short-term pay cut by opting out.

It’s remarkable Maxiell is even in the position where this is relevant. He was a legitimate amnesty candidate before the season, but after dropping weight, he’s played very well as a starter this year.

It’s for that reason, I’d be leery of re-signing Maxiell if he opts out. He’d be opting out to get a long-term contract, and he hasn’t shown a motivation to stay in shape until his contract year.

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