Mekhi Becton insists he's 'happier' after leaving the NY Jets

Mekhi Becton is living his best life...away from the Jets
Mekhi Becton
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It wasn't always pretty for Mekhi Becton during his rocky four-year stint with the NY Jets. Injuries plagued a career that once seemed so promising while reports of the Jets' frustration with his weight and work ethic consistently followed him.

While Becton was eventually able to turn things around, get himself in the best shape of his career, and stay healthy for the 2023 season, it became increasingly apparent that his time with the organization was coming to an end.

Becton and the Jets both needed a fresh start, and the former got that this offseason, signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract (worth up to $5.5 million) with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former first-round pick is already living his best life.

Becton spoke to reporters on Thursday following Eagles practice and when asked about his mental space in Philadelphia as compared to when he was in New York, he made it clear that he was "happier" with the Eagles.

"I'm happier here. I want it to be long-term. I love this city of Philly. I love the people here, I love the fans. I hope it's long-term."

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Mekhi Becton is 'happier' to be away from the NY Jets

Becton's struggles with the Jets have been well-documented. Consecutive season-ending knee injuries derailed his career, but his relationship with the Jets' coaching staff had also deteriorated by the time of his departure.

From his recurring weight issues to his multiple public criticisms of the coaching staff, the Jets' patience wore thin with their former first-round pick. It wasn't a surprise to see him depart this offseason, especially after his lackluster on-field performance.

Becton led all NFL tackles in sacks allowed and finished with a whopping 18 penalties in 16 games, second-worst among all players at his position. It was understandably time for the Jets to move on.

The Eagles are hoping Becton could live up to the promise he showed early in his career, although he won't be asked to fill the role of a starter. Instead, Becton is penciled in as a key depth piece for one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

Becton has even started practicing at guard this spring as the Eagles find ways to utilize him. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, arguably the best in the game, believes Becton can offer more versatility than he was allowed to show in New York.

Of course, Becton was adamant about his desire to play left tackle in the past with the Jets, but circumstances have clearly changed his stance. Now, he just wants to find ways to contribute and get on the field.

The Jets are happy to have moved on in search of other offensive linemen while Becton is happy to have a new home and a change of scenery. It's clear that both sides are better off apart.