Crowder, the New York Jets’ most potent offensive weapon over the last two seasons, is reportedly back on a team-friendly deal.
The #Jets and WR Jamison Crowder have finalized a renegotiated contract with plans to keep him on the team for the 2021 season, source said. Crowder will be a free agent next offseason at age 28 to get another payday before age 30.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 14, 2021
The New York Jets’ most potent offensive weapon will return for the 2021 season.
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jamison Crowder is set to return to the team on a renegotiated contract that will keep in green for the immediate future. While financial details have not been disclosed, it is likely a team-friendly deal that expands the Jets’ already strong cap space situation. New York currently has the third-best available space (just over $27 million) behind only Jacksonville and Denver. Prior reports from ESPN’s Rich Cimini claimed that the Jets were asking Crowder to take a 50 percent pay cut to stay on board.
Crowder, who turns 28 this week, inked a three-year, $28.5 million deal with the Jets in 2019 after four seasons in Washington. He has gone on to become one of the more reliable slot options in the league and has become the Jets’ most consistent offensive weapon over the last two years. The Duke alum has tallied 1,532 yards on 137 receptions, a dozen going for touchdowns, in his Jets career. Each mark is good for best on the team over the past couple of seasons.
The future of Crowder was called into question by the Jets’ plethora of offensive signings in preparation for the arrival of a new quarterback, who turned out to be second overall pick Zach Wilson. With Corey Davis and Keelan Cole arriving in free agency and Elijah Moore emerging in the draft’s second round, the $10 million-plus in extra cap space granted upon Crowder’s release may have seemed tempting to the Jets. But under this new contract, Crowder is set to be an active prescience in Wilson’s first year, joining fellow returnees Denzel Mims and Braxton Berrios in the receivers’ room.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh acknowledged that Crowder was “working through some stuff” during the Jets’ voluntary offseason workouts earlier this month, but expressed confidence that he would partake in the mandatory portions, which are set to be held this week. Despite the relatively crowded receivers’ depth chart, Saleh insisted that there was room for Crowder’s talents on One Jets Drive.
“(I’m) really confident to get Jamison here quickly,” Saleh said, per Nick Shook of Around the NFL. “Jamison’s definitely got a role here, and we’re excited to have him.”
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