As reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the new deal will keep Crowder in New York for the 2021 season, although the terms of said deal have not been released at the time of writing.
Crowder opted not to attend voluntary OTAs this spring as he instead worked with the Jets on a new deal — one that would lower his 2021 cap hit by a significant margin.
And one day ahead of mandatory minicamp, the two sides got a deal done. Crowder will remain with the Jets this season.
The NY Jets had leverage over Jamison Crowder and used it.
The Jets had all the leverage in this situation and were able to get Crowder to take a likely significant pay cut as a result.
With a cap hit of over $11 million in 2021 (15th-highest at his position), Crowder was undoubtedly a little overpaid, despite his excellent play over the last two seasons.
And with just $1 million in guarantees, Crowder had very little leverage over his organization — especially seeing as though they drafted his replacement a little over a month ago.
Elijah Moore's performance this spring only gave the Jets more leverage. After all, if Crowder were to be released, it's likely he wouldn't make any more than $4 or $5 million on the open market at this stage.
The Jets knew this. Jamison Crowder and his agent knew this. And as a result, the two sides were able to find common ground on a new deal.
It's nothing personal — just business. Teams and players alike take advantage of leverage when they have it. This situation was no different.
Crowder's role is expected to decrease in 2021 following the addition of Moore. Throw in the signings of both Corey Davis and Keelan Cole and the Jets could have their deepest wide receiver room in years.
Crowder will remain an important part of the offense, although likely not as the focal point as he has been in recent seasons.
The Jets retain a very good player in Jamison Crowder and save some money in the process.