FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jamison Crowder has not participated in the Jets' offseason training program because of a squabble over his contract.
Coach Robert Saleh revealed on Friday that was the reason for Crowder’s absence for the voluntary workouts.
The Jets have upgraded the receiving room this offseason. They signed Corey Davis and drafted Elijah Moore in the second round. Crowder and Moore are both slot receivers.
Crowder is owed $10 million this season, but it’s not guaranteed. Jets general manager Joe Douglas clearly is trying to get Crowder to accept less money. The Jets can cut Crowder, but Saleh said they want him on the team.
"Jamison is working through some stuff with his contract with Joe and his staff and his agent," Saleh said. "I’m really confident to get Jamison here quickly. When we do, he definitely has a role for this team."
Saleh would not divulge any more information on the contract talks, saying it was a question for Douglas. But when he was asked directly if the plan was for Crowder to be with the Jets this year, Saleh said, "Absolutely."
Crowder signed a three-year, $28.5 million contract three years ago. He’s been the Jets’ most reliable and productive player in his two seasons with the team. Crowder has caught 137 passes for 1,532 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Jets.
"Jamison’s definitely got a role here," Saleh said, "and we’re excited to have him."
Second-year left tackle Mekhi Becton has a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of OTAs. A league source confirmed that Becton is dealing with plantar fasciitis. Saleh said it won’t require surgery and seems confident that Becton will be fine for training camp.
"It’s nothing that needs surgery," Saleh said. "It’s really not that big of a deal. As you guys all know, he’s a very large human being so we’ve asked him to stay off his feet."
Becton took part in the first practice but when his foot started bothering him, the Jets told him to sit out. He has remained with the team, in meetings and doing workouts.
The 6-7 Becton’s weight may have contributed to this injury. He played last year at about 370 pounds. Saleh said the challenge for all young players is learning to take care of their bodies, which he called their "money maker."
"They’ve got t to learn how to eat right, work out right, rest right, [regenerate] right, stay hydrated and all those things that lead to longevity in this league," Saleh said. "Mekhi is one of those. He’s a young man, he’s a very talented young man, he’ s a very large young man and he’s learning every day what it takes to be professional and how to make that next step.
"We got a lot of faith in him. He’s doing all the right things right now. We’re excited to get him to training camp and get to work with him."
Davis is "working through some nagging things" but Saleh said if it was a game week "he’d be rolling." … Denzel Mims returned to practice after missing some workouts with a non-COVID-related illness. … Ex-Washington right tackle Morgan Moses worked out with the Jets last week. Saleh called him "a fantastic player" but wouldn’t say if the Jets planned to sign Moses.