Jamison Crowder out of Jets’ OTAs as contract haggling continues

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The Jets and wide receiver Jamison Crowder are haggling over his contract – and that has led to Crowder staying away from the spring program.

Jets coach Robert Saleh revealed there are negotiations ongoing between the Jets and Crowder. The team surely is trying to get him to take a pay cut from the $10 million he is scheduled to make this year. None of that $10 million is guaranteed, so the Jets can cut him at any time. They also drafted Elijah Moore, who plays slot receiver like Crowder, in the second round.

“Jamison, obviously, 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 and when we do he definitely has a role for this team.”

Saleh deflected specific questions to general manager Joe Douglas. He did say that the Jets do not want to part ways with Crowder.

“Absolutely,” Saleh said when asked if he wants Crowder on the team. “Jamison’s definitely got a role here and we’re excited to have him.”

We’ll see if that changes if Crowder balks at taking a pay cut.

Crowder is in the final year of a three-year, $28.5 million contract that was given to him by former GM Mike Maccagnan. Crowder has been the Jets’ leading receiver in each of his two seasons in New York, albeit on bad offenses. He had 59 catches for 699 yards and six touchdowns last year. He also threw a touchdown pass.

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