Should the NY Jets re-sign or decline WR Jamison Crowder?

NY Jets, Jamison Crowder
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Former NY Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was mostly a disaster when it came to his free-agent signings. But one of the few signings that ultimately worked out was Jamison Crowder.

Signed to a three-year, $28.5 million contract prior to the start of the 2019 season, Crowder would spend all three years in New York serving as the team's leading receiver in both 2019 and 2020.

He took on more of a backseat role in 2021 after being forced to take a pay cut, but Crowder was still a reliable underneath target for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.

Now a free agent once again, the Jets have a decision to make on his future. Should the Jets consider bringing Crowder back for another year?

Should the NY Jets re-sign Jamison Crowder?

Crowder will turn 29-years-old in June, but it's clear that he's still a good player. Injuries limited him to 12 games in 2021 as he finished with 51 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns — his lowest totals since his injury-riddled 2018 campaign.

The additions of Elijah Moore and Corey Davis coupled with the emergence of Braxton Berrios limited Crowder's production, but it's easy to see him still being an effective part of an NFL offense.

However, it seems highly unlikely that he will play another game with the Jets.

Crowder has played 12 or fewer games in three of his last four seasons and is approaching 30-years-old. He's a good player, but it's hard to imagine that the Jets look to bring him back.

The Jets could be looking for a true upgrade at the wide receiver position and Crowder simply wouldn't present that. A trio of Moore, Davis, and Crowder doesn't offer the Jets the upside that they're likely looking for.

It's probably in the best interest of both parties to go in different directions this offseason. Crowder can find a new team that might be closer to contention while the Jets can search for a (perhaps younger) upgrade.

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Jamison Crowder has served the Jets well during his time with the organization, but it's time to move on.

Verdict: Decline