Former Monroe High two-sport star Jamison Crowder is having a productive season despite playing for the only winless team (0-12) in the NFL.
Crowder, who is in the second year of his three-year, $28.5 million deal with the Jets, is leading New York in catches (40), receiving yards (503) and receiving touchdowns (five) despite missing four games this season with hamstring and groin injuries.
The 5-foot-9, 177-pound Crowder had one of his best performances of the season Sunday in a close loss to the Raiders. Crowder caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 25 total receiving touchdowns in his NFL career. It was the second multi-touchdown game of his NFL career, and both have been with the Jets.
New York had an opportunity to win Sunday’s game late, but the Jets allowed a desperation touchdown with only a handful of seconds remaining. The Jets are currently in line for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, meaning Crowder could have a new quarterback throwing him passes in 2021.
Regardless of how New York finishes the season, this could be Crowder’s last year with the team. Despite having one year left on their deal, the Jets could save almost $10 million by cutting Crowder this offseason, and he only has a dead cap hit of $1 million in 2021.
Crowder is making $8.5 million in base salary this season along with a $500,000 roster bonus. For his six-year career, Crowder has made an estimated $22,397,595 in total earnings, according to Spotrac.com.
With the Jets in the midst of a serious rebuild, the 27-year-old Crowder might be better off elsewhere starting next season. Luckily, there should be a market for Crowder considering he’s still over two years away from his 30th birthday and has been productive over his six-year career.
Crowder picked by Washington in the fourth round in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Duke. With four games left in his sixth NFL season, Crowder has caught 339 passes for 3,964 yards and 25 touchdowns.
The 2021 offseason will feature a star-studded free agent class, and there are a few receivers in the mix who could command big money — Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin and Will Fuller, among others. Crowder has 11 touchdown catches in 24 games for the Jets, and his 78 catches for 833 yards and six touchdowns were all career-highs in 2019.
Jets head coach Adam Gase refers to Crowder as the Jets’ best player on offense, but Gase will almost certainly be out of a job at the end of the year.
If the Jets choose to release or trade Crowder after the 2020 season — while he’s in the prime of his career — he won’t have any trouble finding work elsewhere in the league.