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Should Corey Davis Expect Jets to Seek Reduced Salary in Near Future?


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At the start of this off-season, there was no shortage of Jets fans who predicted the inevitable departure of Jets wide receiver Corey Davis.  Due to make $11 million this season, many viewed Davis as an easy way to shed salary.  Several months have passed, and Joe Douglas hasn’t shipped the receiver elsewhere…yet.

As we mentioned back in February, moving on from Davis was never a given.  In fact, his price tag in today’s market is a relative bargain.  However, there is some history that suggests the Jets may look to slash the receiver’s salary in the coming weeks.

Back in June of 2021, the Jets approached wide receiver Jamison Crowder about taking a pay cut.  Crowder was due $10 million and agreed to cut his salary in half.  From the Jets perspective, waiting until so late in the off-season, they knew Crowder would have few options elsewhere as rosters were largely set and free agent money already spent.

Having reduced defensive end Carl Lawon’s salary earlier this week, one would imagine it won’t be the team’s last cost-cutting move as they look for ways to create space for both Aaron Rodgers and Quinnen Williams from 2024 and beyond.

If there is no pay cut for Davis, a trade is also a possibility after having added Allen Lazard earlier this offseason.  In fact, earlier today Davis was named by Sports Illustrated as a possible trade target for the Rams should he become available via trade.

Corey Davis had a drop early on but made some very good catches from that point on. Takes a shot over the middle here while fully extended and hangs on. pic.twitter.com/EuZKdXuMMb

— Glenn Naughton (@JNRadio_Glenn) September 12, 2022

Davis has been a bit of an anomaly since arriving at 1 Jets Drive.  Having missed just 3 games combined over his previous 3 seasons with the Titans, Davis has missed twelve games in two years with the Jets.  Davis was also plagued by drops in his first season in Green and White but cleaned that up last season (3 drops per PFF) while averaging 16.8 yards per catch and picking up a first down on 28 of his 32 receptions (88%).

Clearly a player who can contribute a great deal when healthy, will that be enough to save Davis from a late pay cut or trade?

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5 hours ago, Maxman said:

Had a conversation with my son at the end of the season. I was sure Corey was gone. Then he brought up how the WR market exploded and he thought he would be back. Because his # isn't insane in this market.

He was right. Davis has upside and I am glad he is back. Has to stay healthy but gives the Jets nice depth.

Too bad it didn't work out with Elijah Moore. That would have been a tremendous WR group.

That was the reasoning I kept using in saying he wasn't a lock to be cut.  Him at $11 million is still a bargain even if he misses a few games.

Thing is, they look to be working to free up cap space with Rodgers and Quinnen needing new deals.  

Lawson's pay cut is done but still some moves to be made to free up money.  Davis won't get cut, but a new deal or trade feels more likely now than it did several months ago IMO.

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He’s absolutely a candidate for an uncomfortable restructure. He’s missed time the last two years, and he hasn’t been entirely reliable on the field. This year he’s probably not penciled in as a starter for the first time since he arrived, and no one’s giving him close to what the Jets are paying at this time of the season. I think he’d also probably accept a pay cut to play with Rodgers one year in hopes of improving his own stock for when he hits free agency at the end of the season. 

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8 hours ago, Maxman said:

Had a conversation with my son at the end of the season. I was sure Corey was gone. Then he brought up how the WR market exploded and he thought he would be back. Because his # isn't insane in this market.

He was right. Davis has upside and I am glad he is back. Has to stay healthy but gives the Jets nice depth.

Too bad it didn't work out with Elijah Moore. That would have been a tremendous WR group.

From reading between the lines I don’t think Moore learned his routes and QBs did not trust him to be where he was supposed to be.

I don’t think Rodgers puts up with that.

 

It’s a shame.  Moore looked like a high ceiling guy. 

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5 hours ago, Hal N of Provo said:

From reading between the lines I don’t think Moore learned his routes and QBs did not trust him to be where he was supposed to be.

I don’t think Rodgers puts up with that.

 

It’s a shame.  Moore looked like a high ceiling guy. 

In Moore’s defense, there’s no point to learn routes when Zach can’t put the ball where it needs to be because he bails on every play and reverts to backyard post-turkey Thanksgiving family football.

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