New York Jets: WR Jamison Crowder stays on renegotiated deal (Report)

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Crowder, the New York Jets’ most potent offensive weapon over the last two seasons, is reportedly back on a team-friendly deal.

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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New York Yankees: Why Aaron Hicks is the New Jacoby Ellsbury 

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

I thought it was a bad signing when I heard it. And so far, little is happening to dissuade me. But the second Aaron Hicks signed his name on the dotted line, the New York Yankees front office should already be regretting giving Aaron Hicks a 7 year $70 million contracts.

He and Ellsbury Have the Same Bugaboo

Hicks can’t stay healthy. Ellsbury couldn’t stay healthy. Hicks has a harder time staying healthy than Ellsbury.

Ellsbury, in his 11-year career, has played 3/4 of the season (120 games or more) 6 out of 11 seasons. Aaron Hicks has done that approximately twice in his 7-year career. He averages playing a full half-season, leaving the team trying to figure out who to start the other 82 games in the year. This means that Jacoby Ellsbury was more dependable for his teams than Aaron Hicks.

Hicks has got a better arm than Ellsbury, has but what good does it do you when you miss half the year? He covers more ground and can save you more runs defensively than Ellsbury, but what good does it do you when you miss half the season? And for someone heralded for his “great eye and speed”, he has a lower career on-base percentage and stolen base rate than Ellsbury, which begs the question “Why was he an upgrade when he’s hurt more frequently than Ellsbury?”

Why His Contract is Already Blowing Up in the Yankees Face

He signed the contract in 2019 and almost immediately proceeds to get hurt. The recovery from the injury was prolonged in ways that no one could have anticipated. Then, after he comes back, he gets hurt, AGAIN! He plays less than 60 games last season, and really only gets playing time in October because of Stanton’s injury. Now, he, like Didi in 2019, will miss at least half the season with Tommy John surgery in his throwing elbow. You know, the elbow responsible for his cannon of an arm?

It’s not outside of the realm of possibility that Hicks will come back as fast as Didi, and it’s also not outside of the same realm it’ll take him longer than Didi. The projected recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 8 to 10 months for Hicks. So let’s say Hicks can be back in 6 months. He got the surgery in October. That puts him in rehab games by April, back to the club May/June. 8 months means he doesn’t start the rehab process till June, potentially giving him an arrival date of July/August. If it takes 10 months, that means he wouldn’t be able to play many, if any, rehab games as 10 months mean he starts rehabbing in August. If it becomes the 10-month option, the Yankees should just shut him down and see him in February 2021.

So that already 2 years, and $20 million dollars given to someone who might play 141 games over that span. Granted, it’s still better than Ellsbury not being able to play any games since the 2017 postseason, but Ellsbury at least averaged 120 games played in his 4 seasons of playing time with the team. Hicks could only do that once. And with Hal Steinbrenner’s penny pitching, that’s $70 million that should be going to the front line ace that we needed 3 seasons ago, but never wanted to spend the money because “Oh no! We gotta stay below the luxury tax!”

I’m telling you, if he doesn’t have a spectacular 2021-2023, where he remains healthy all season long, this will go down as an even more misguided contract than the one they gave Ellsbury.