The Jets plan to keep coach Rex Ryan for 2014, the final year of his current contract. The Jets reportedly are willing to give Rex a one-year extension, presumably so that he spend the next 12 months as a lame duck in the nation’s biggest media market. Rex reportedly is resigned to the fact that he’ll get nothing more than that.
So what if Rex were to tell owner Woody Johnson to take his offer on a one-year extension and shove it where the jets don’t fly?
More specifically, if the Jets offer Rex one more year at his current rate of $3 million, should he take his chances as a free agent in 2015?
Players do it all the time, opting for a one-year deal that pays less than they want now in the hopes of getting more later. For Rex, he’d potentially be leaving $2 million or so on the table, assuming that at worst he’d be hired as a defensive coordinator by someone else in 2015, if the Jets decide to fire him. But the upside could be enormous, if the Jets get to the playoffs this year and Rex hits the market as a potentially hot commodity.
While it would be hard for Ryan’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, to recommend that kind of gamble with money that isn’t his, Rex can make the decision on his own. It would be ballsy. It would be edgy. It would be the quintessential Rex Ryan move. And it would win him even more respect in the locker room.
Rex has spent the last year coaching scared. While he did well, he can do even better by getting back to being himself a little bit more. One way to do that would be to pass on an extension and go all in on himself and his team for the 2014 season.