The NY Jets have had a number of notable absences from OTAs including both wide receiver Jamison Crowder and safety Marcus Maye. But head coach Robert Saleh doesn't expect that to be the case for minicamp.
When speaking to reporters on Thursday, Saleh insisted that he expects 100 percent attendance for the team's minicamp next week. It should be noted that, unlike OTAs, next week's minicamp is mandatory.
Crowder and Maye have been the two most notable absences during OTAs as each player works through their own contract situation. Although, both situations are very different from one another.
Regardless, the Jets expect both situations to be resolved by the time mandatory minicamp rolls around next Tuesday. The three-day event will run from June 15-17.
NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh expects full attendance for minicamp
Crowder has been absent as he and the Jets look to come to terms on a restructured contract. The veteran slot receiver holds a cap hit of over $11 million in 2021, but with just $1 million of his deal guaranteed, the Jets have some leverage.
They're asking Crowder to take a pay cut with the threat that they could cut him and force him to take significantly less on the open market.
Is it a little cutthroat? Possibly. But it's a strategy that will likely be effective.
As for Maye, his contract negotiations are a little different. The Jets slapped Maye with the franchise tag this offseason and the two sides remain in touch about a potential long-term extension.
Will that extension get done before the start of the season? That's what both the Jets and Maye's representatives are trying to determine.
It's unclear how aggressive the Jets will be in their attempt to secure Maye for the long term. But the events of the next week should probably provide a good indication.
Either way, no matter the outcome of each contract negotiation, Saleh and the Jets clearly believe that neither will prove to be an issue come next week.
Missing voluntary OTAs is hardly a big deal. But missing voluntary minicamp? That becomes a story.
Here's to hoping that the Jets can get the situations with Crowder and Maye sorted out before next week.