It's probably been a while since most NY Jets fans have thought about the name Darron Lee. The former Jets linebacker departed the team following the 2018 season and hasn't made much noise since he left.
A first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Lee never panned out in New York and was gone after just three seasons after he was shipped away to the Kansas City Chiefs.
That was the last most Jets fans heard of Lee, at least until Thursday when the former Ohio State standout took an unnecessary shot at his former team on Twitter.
Lee asked the Twitter world if the Jets had won more than 14 games (the number of games the Jets won during his tenure) since he left. It was an unprovoked dig, followed by a condescending "no disrespect, just asking for a friend."
It's safe to say that disrespect was very much intended.
Darron Lee's time with the NY Jets was nothing short of a massive disappointment
Lee was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft after a standout career at Ohio State. Unfortunately, his NFL career quickly fizzled out and he's currently not on an NFL roster.
Lee was traded to the Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick in May of 2019 and he went on to win a Super Bowl with Kansas City that season, although he was inactive for the game.
That was the last significant playing time Lee saw in his career.
The now-27-year-old became a free agent the following offseason and was suspended to begin the 2020 season, signing on with the Buffalo Bills practice squad in November.
Lee appeared in two games with the Bills recording one tackle before his contract expired in the offseason. A brief stint with the Las Vegas Raiders this summer came to an end after he was released with an injury settlement.
There's a good chance that Lee has played his final NFL game — a disappointing end to the career of a player who showed plenty of promise coming out of college.
That's Darron Lee's story, but does his inquisitive tweet hold any validity? The Jets were a combined 14-34 (.292) in Lee's three years in New York. Since he's left, their combined record has been 11-29 (.275).
So yes, the Jets have not won 14 games since Lee left. But their winning percentage over that time has remained pretty much the same.
Of course, Lee didn't exactly help the Jets very much during his brief tenure with the organization. If anything, his play oftentimes served as a detriment.
But Lee does have something going for him. The sixth-round pick the Jets received in return was used to trade for cornerback Quincy Wilson who lasted just three games in New York.
Then again, at least he played a few snaps with the Jets. That's more than you could say for Lee's postseason run with the Chiefs.
How many games has he played since then? No disrespect, just asking for a friend.