After missing the start of organized team activities (OTAs) while working through a contract renegotiation, former Monroe High football star Jamison Crowder has restructured his deal to remain with the New York Jets for the 2021 season, according to ESPN.
Crowder originally signed a deal with New York ahead of the 2019 season that was worth $28.5 million over three years. The slot receiver was scheduled to make $10 million in base salary and count over $11 million against the salary cap before his deal was restructured. While details of the new one-year deal haven’t been made public yet, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported earlier this week that the Jets wanted Crowder’s salary cut in half at the very least.
While Crowder, who turned 28 on Thursday, will take a significant pay cut this season, he will be a free agent after this year and will have a chance to secure another multi-year deal after the 2021 season. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound receiver played in 12 games in 2021 while dealing with injuries, but he still managed to catch 59 passes for 699 yards and six touchdowns while playing in former head coach Adam Gase’s anemic offense. This year, Crowder will be tasked with helping rookie quarterback Zach Wilson — the No. 2 overall pick this spring — acclimate to the pro level.
While New York’s offense should be worlds ahead of where it was in 2020, there might be fewer opportunities for Crowder to shine. Over the offseason, New York signed receiver and former top-five pick Corey Davis to a free agent deal. They added more offensive weapons by selecting Ole Miss slot receiver Elijah Moore and North Carolina running back Michael Carter during the NFL Draft.
Regardless of his performance this season, it seems likely that 2021 will be the final year for Crowder in Jets green. But given his production, the former Duke all-American shouldn’t have an issue finding interested teams next offseason.
In his six NFL seasons, Crowder has caught 358 passes for 4,160 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Crowder has earned a little over $22 million over his career, and almost $18 million came over the last two years with New York. During his time with Jets, Crowder has led all New York receivers with 137 catches, 1,532 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.