OTA’s are here for the NFL, and while all anyone can talk about in Jets-land is what Aaron Rodgers looks like in a green Jets helmet, there is some muddying of the waters by tackle Mekhi Becton.
Becton, who has missed a better part of the past two years with knee injuries, and battled weight issues as well, is said to be fully healthy; he looks to be in the best physical shape of his professional career, but reports are he is not happy being a Jet right now.
In an article that appeared on Newsday on Monday, Becton ripped into Robert Saleh’s coaching staff, insinuating that they did not care about his health, adding that moving him to right tackle made no sense, since it put him in a spot to place more pressure on a surgically repaired knee.
“I hurt my right knee. That’s going to be the knee I put the most pressure on [while backpedaling in pass protection]. I explained it [to the coaches], but no one cared.
“I got forced to play a position I don’t play, and then I was pretty much telling them I wasn’t feeling good the whole time throughout camp, and I was told I shouldn’t be complaining,” Becton said. “‘Go out there and do it.’ I was limping throughout the whole practice, and I just took a step and my knee buckled, and I got hurt again and had to get reconstructive surgery.”
Becton’s frustration adds a huge wrinkle to the Jets plans. New York declined his fifth year option making him a free agent next year, so this is a prove it year for Becton — not only for his time with the Jets, but with anyone else who wants to sign him.
Robert Saleh, asked about Mekhi Becton only wanting to play left, said “Duane Brown has something to say about that.” Reiterates the “best five” will play & Becton understands that might mean he’s on right side.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) May 23, 2023
Right now the Jets can’t trade Becton, his market value is extremely low having missed the past two years. So for now, the two sides are stuck together.
Becton isn’t the only disgruntled player on the Jets roster. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is holding out for a contract, and is looking for something in the neighborhood of $25 to $30 million according to Henry McKenna of Fox Sports.
#Jets start DT @QuinnenWilliams changed his Twitter bio to: "Defensive tackle for ................"— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) May 15, 2023
His last tweet was an RT of the details for Dexter Lawrence's contract.
(@NFL_DovKleiman noticed this first.) pic.twitter.com/2NzXUKja9d
Do the Jets trade Williams if things get out of hand? He too is scheduled to hit free agency next year. While nothing is out of the realm of possibility, the Jets need Williams. He was their most impactful player up front last year. Joe Douglas and crew have to figure this one out.
So while Jets fans are going gaga over Aaron Rodgers being on their team, two of the Jets most important players on both sides of the ball could implode the whole thing over their unhappy situations.
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