Looking into NY Jets rookie extension candidates and what they might get

What might Michael Carter II and others command in extension talks?

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4. Mekhi Becton, OT, NY Jets

Unfortunately, the Jets' streak of extending first-round picks will likely end at one with Quinnen Williams. The team's first-round pick the following year, Mekhi Becton, hasn't followed the same career trajectory.

Becton put together an impressive rookie season, but injuries have derailed his career since. The former Louisville standout missed all but one game from 2021-2022 before returning as a starter this past season.

While Becton did stay healthy, his performance on the field left a lot to be desired. Some team will be willing to take a chance on Becton's upside and draft pedigree, but it's hard to imagine that team will be the Jets.

Spotrac projects Becton's market value at around three years, $38.9 million, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the former first-round pick sign more of a one-year, prove-it deal.

Contract Projection: 2-year, $21.5 million ($13 million guaranteed)

3. Ashtyn Davis, S, NY Jets

Ashtyn Davis has developed into one of the few success stories from the Jets' 2020 draft class. The former California star once seemed like a lost cause, only surviving roster cuts due to his inexpensive contract and special-teams prowess.

That changed in 2023, however. Davis maximized his snaps and earned a regular role in the Jets' defense as the team's third safety. He played 217 defensive snaps (as compared to just 13 in 2022) and appeared in all 17 games.

Davis is set to be a free agent this offseason, but it would make sense for the Jets to bring him back. He's one of Brant Boyer's favorites, and he's also proven to be a valuable contributor on defense.

A short-term extension probably makes sense for both parties. Figure somewhere in the range of $3-4 million on a one-year contract.

Contract Projection: 1-year, $3.5 million