People aren't looking at this from both sides. Yes he lost 14.5 million last year. But the Stealers long term offer was weird on the guarantee part. So he was never taking that deal without testing the waters.
So last year he lost 14.5 but lets say he played and took the 14.5 tag but hard a career ending injury. Then he misses out on the 35 mil guaranteed the Jets just gave him. It was a risk he was willing to take. Nothing was guaranteed but the 14.5 and now he got 35.
35 is always better than 14.5 when you consider you are 1 play from never walking again.