The New York Jets finally have ended their drama with Kelechi Osemele. Here are all the details and what’s next for the green and white.
The New York Jets have been losing on and off the field over the last several weeks.
That all came to a head when Kelechi Osemele and the Jets got in an awkward beef about his injury status.
Long story short KO says he needs surgery. The Jets said he doesn’t need it. The injury was pre-existing from before the original trade with the Oakland Raiders.
On Friday Osemele went ahead and got the surgery that the team didn’t approve. That was the final straw and the team released him on Saturday.
In a corresponding move, the team promoted James Burgess from their practice squad.
So the Jets are finished with the Osemele drama, right?
Well not exactly.
Per Osemele’s agent, Andrew Kessler: “The Jets owe him the balance of his contract both under the Standard Injury Guarantee Provision of the Player Contract and under Termination Pay. We will pursue all fines to be rescinded through grievances.”
The Jets had to get him off the team, it made no sense to keep an injured player on the active 53 man roster. Although despite making the move they needed to make, this dispute is far from over.
With KO not practicing due to his injury, the team fined him a maximum game check each week he was absent. His representative will attempt to get that back through the legal process.
What once was perceived as a low-risk high-reward trade for the Jets, it cost the team over $10 million and draft compensation. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, but this was a miss.
In terms of how big of a loss this is for the green and white, KO actually wasn’t playing that well when he was on the field. The team was considering moving him to the bench anyway, so him leaving the team shouldn’t have any impact on the OL problems.