FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets large receiver Jamison Crowder is staying away from offseason exercises as he and the staff try and renegotiate his contract.
The Jets are among the many league leaders in salary-cap area (about $27 million), however they’re attempting to get Crowder to take a pay lower. Crowder, who led the staff in receptions in 2020 and 2021, is because of make $10 million in base pay within the remaining yr of his contract. The wage isn’t assured, which implies the Jets can lower him at any time.
The Jets drafted Crowder’s eventual substitute with the thirty fourth total choose, former Ole Miss slot receiver Elijah Moore, however they nonetheless need Crowder on the staff — at their value. His present cap cost is $11.4 million, third highest on the staff.
Coach Robert Saleh stated the 2 sides are “working by way of some stuff together with his contract,” however he painted an optimistic image. He stated Crowder will “completely” be on the roster.
“[We’re] actually assured to get Jamison right here shortly,” Saleh stated. “After we do, he positively has a task on this staff.”
Crowder, who turns 28 on June 17, was the Jets’ most constant participant on offense the previous two seasons. In 2020, he recorded 59 catches for 699 yards and 6 touchdowns — all staff highs. He missed 4 video games as a consequence of leg accidents. He was higher in 2019, with 78 catches, 833 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Jets nonetheless completed thirty second in complete yards each years.
They revamped the receiving corps this offseason, signing Corey Davis (three years, $37.5 million) and Keelan Cole (one yr, $5 million) and drafting Moore. The rookie has impressed in early practices.
Nonetheless, Crowder is their most achieved receiver, and his absence is costing him a possibility to develop chemistry with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the presumptive starter. One other key participant on offense, left deal with Mekhi Becton, is sitting out with a foot harm. He is affected by plantar fasciitis, the NFL Community reported. Becton, their No. 1 choose in 2020, will not require surgical procedure, based on Saleh, who stated “it is actually not an enormous deal.”
Becton, who injured the foot 11 days in the past within the first follow, made an look on the follow subject Friday, however did not take part in any drills. The difficulty with Becton, listed at 6-foot-7, 363 kilos, is his weight. Saleh hinted that Becton wants to enhance his conditioning. He was obese by the top of final season, a staff supply stated.
“Their physique is their moneymaker,” Saleh stated. “The quantity of funding you set into your physique is the quantity you get again. That is a part of the training development of younger males.
“They have to learn to deal with their our bodies. They have to learn to eat proper, work out proper, relaxation proper, regenerate proper — all of the issues that result in longevity on this league. Mekhi is a kind of. He is a proficient younger man, he is a really massive younger man, and he is studying each day what it takes to be an expert. We have plenty of religion in him.”