Haason Reddick reportedly lied to NY Jets about contract situation

Haason Reddick apparently changed his mind
Haason Reddick
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The NY Jets are still awaiting the arrival of prized offseason addition Haason Reddick, who held out of OTAs and minicamp amidst a reported contract dispute. While the team reportedly isn't concerned just yet, they likely aren't too happy about how the situation has developed.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported last week that Reddick supposedly "gave his word" to the Jets before the team traded for him this offseason that he would be in attendance for all spring workouts, voluntary or mandatory, regardless of his contract situation.

The Jets reportedly told Reddick that they would not shut the door on extension talks but that they preferred to get a deal done after the 2024 season. According to Cimini, Reddick was aware of the Jets' stance and prepared to play out the remainder of his contract.

Plans obviously changed. Cimini insists that Reddick's stance changed once the Jets lost both Bryce Huff and John Franklin-Myers, as the former All-Pro saw an opportunity to capitalize on his newfound leverage. That is reportedly what has led to this stand-off.

The NY Jets likely aren't happy with the Haason Reddick contract drama

If Cimini's report is accurate, the Jets likely aren't very pleased by Reddick's change of heart. The Jets seemed to believe that Reddick would have no issues with his expiring contract. The belief was that the two sides were on the same page.

Whatever the reason, that isn't the case anymore. Reddick is reportedly looking for a new contract that would pay him upwards of $25-30 million per season, possibly making him the second-highest-paid edge rusher in the NFL. The Jets likely don't want to do that.

The two sides still have over a month before training camp starts in late July to figure things out. It would cost Reddick $50,000 per day to miss training camp, so it seems unlikely that he extends his holdout into the summer.

Cimini also insisted that the Jets are "confident" that they will get something done before training camp, so it does sound like they're prepared to budge a little and meet Reddick in the middle.

Reddick is due only $15 million in 2024 and has zero guaranteed money left on his deal. It makes sense that he's looking for not only a pay raise but also some financial security entering the season.

The safe bet is to assume the Jets and Reddick eventually agree to a reworked deal, likely a short-term extension loaded with incentives, to satisfy both parties. That seems to be a realistic and logical outcome for both the Jets and Reddick.

Either way, the Jets probably aren't happy that Reddick went back on his word if Cimini's report is to be believed. But at the end of the day, the NFL is a business, and Reddick is making a business decision.