Jets pushed to trade marquee defensive star amid offseason drama

Haason Reddick, Jets
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Haason Reddick has been out of sight, out of mind for the New York Jets this offseason, and an NFL analyst thinks it should stay that way, permanently.

Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey listed Reddick as a prime trade candidate for the Jets after he’s failed to show up for the team in their preparation stages leading up to a 2024 NFL season that holds major implications for the ball club (h/t Dylan Sanders of Fan Nation’s Jets Country).

Jets: Haason Reddick’s absence from the team is getting concerning

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7) (New York Jets)
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It’s been a downhill snowball for Reddick and the Jets dating back to last spring. Following his trade to New York from the Philadelphia Eagles, the elite pass rusher made his intentions clear to hold out from the team in pursuit of a lucrative contract extension.

First, Reddick passed on participating in voluntary organized team activities a few weeks back. Jets head coach Robert Saleh communicated that he had no concerns about his star linebacker’s absence from OTA’s, acknowledging the voluntary nature of the workouts and the veteran’s track record as reason to believe he’d be ready to show up and do his job when the time came.

The time is upon us now as training camp is in full swing, and Reddick, is not. The 29-year-old recently posted a photo to his Instagram story of him in Tokyo, Japan, as Barstool Sports reshared on X on June 21.

Can the Jets replace Reddick’s elite production on short notice this offseason?

Haason Reddick, Jets
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Reddick was brought in by New York to be a rock for their defense. He also is looked at as the prime player who can replace the departed Bryce Huff’s 10 sacks from 2023, having produced 11 of his own on the previous campaign. Reddick is widely regarded as one of the best LBs in the league, proven by the strong 75.2 player grade he received from Pro Football Focus in 2023.

Yet for all this, Tansey doesn’t believe that such a body of work is worth the hassle of dealing with his antics. The Jets have real Super Bowl hopes for the 2024 campaign. Reddick is a large part of their promising season outlook. At this juncture of the offseason, it remains to be seen if the Jets can find a defender that they can place in their trenches that can get to the quarterback 10-plus times in a single season like the Temple University product can. The Jets will have to wait to see how much longer Reddick plays coy. If his holdout extends into the month of August, New York may have to make a tough call.

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