NY Jets news: Braden Mann released, Odell Beckham explains his decision

NY Jets, Braden Mann
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The NY Jets made an expected roster move on Thursday, officially waiving punter Braden Mann. This comes following the team's addition of Thomas Morstead, who joins the Jets for his second stint in Florham Park.

A sixth-round pick in the Jets' ill-fated 2020 draft class, Mann never managed to become the consistent punter the team hoped he would. His big leg wasn't enough to make up for his far-too-frequent shanks and his failures to pin opponents back.

Morstead significantly outplayed Mann during his seven-game stint with the Jets in 2021, but the organization wasn't ready to give up on their former draft pick.

The hope is that signing Morstead a year later can help rectify their previous mistake. Mann will look to sign on with a new team before training camp. His Jets career ends after just three seasons.

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Odell Beckham Jr. explains why he signed with the Ravens

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. snubbed the Jets earlier this week, instead signing with the Baltimore Ravens one day before he was supposed to make the trip to Florham Park.

The Jets believed they were going to sign Beckham, but that was before the Ravens came calling with a one-year, $15 million (max $18 million) offer he couldn't refuse. If you ask Beckham, however, that wasn't the biggest factor behind his decision.

Beckham spoke with reporters at his introductory Ravens press conference on Thursday, and he insisted that he signed with Baltimore because they showed him more love and wanted him more.

Translation: they were willing to pay him more money.

Joe Douglas ranked middle of the pack

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal released a ranking of all 32 NFL general managers on Thursday, and Jets GM Joe Douglas came in at No. 16 on the list — squarely in the middle of the pack.

Rosenthal praised Douglas for the work he's done to construct the Jets' current roster, more specifically, his success in the 2022 NFL Draft and free-agent signings such as D.J. Reed.

However, Douglas' inability to hit on a quarterback has been his greatest undoing. The Zach Wilson pick will forever be a stain on his resume.

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There's still plenty of time for Douglas to climb up that ranking and solidify his legacy, but his hopes of doing so likely rest on the shoulders of one Aaron Rodgers.