Report: Jets to decline fifth-year option on Darron Lee

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The New York Jets will decline their fifth-year option on 2016 first-round pick Darron Lee, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

The option for 2020 would have earmarked approximately $10 million in injury guarantees only for Lee, who was the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Instead, Lee will become a free agent next March instead.

Lee has appeared in 40 games for the Jets over the last three seasons with 36 starts. However, he was suspended for the final four games of last season due to substance-abuse policy violation. He’s compiled 241 tackles with four sacks and three interceptions over his time with the Jets.

The Jets have reportedly been floating Lee in possible trades all offseason without any luck up to this point.

5 responses to “Report: Jets to decline fifth-year option on Darron Lee

  1. All these stories about players having their 5th year options declined really shows you how ridiculous an exercise it is to grade a draft class on Draft Night.

  2. Seems like a lot of teams are declining the option for a lot of players entering their option year.

  3. What a bust. That’s hilarious. He wasn’t Gholston, but for a mid 1st rder, yikes.

    Leonard Williams is next. Last year in a Jets uniform. HIs disappearing act for 4 years has been fun to watch. #6 overall. Yikes!

  4. Other than the obvious picks that landed in his lap and my grandmother could have made… Macagnann has been pretty Putrid as a drafting GM. His claim to fame will be pulling off the trade that got him Darnold… But again good job on the trade but the player pick was obvious.

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