Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was non-committal following the NFL draft when he was asked about whether or not the Jets planned on exercising the team’s fifth-year option on linebacker Darron Lee, but now we have our answer and it comes as little surprise that the Jets won’t be picking it up.
Jets won’t be picking up Darron Lee’s 5th-year option (~$10M in 2020), but he could have a role in Greg Williams’ D this yr. He was decent in coverage in ‘18. Don’t rule out a trade in summer. Otherwise, his departure in free agency will help toward getting 2021 compensatory pick
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 2, 2019
All signs pointed to a Lee departure when the Jets paid big bucks to add linebacker CJ Mosley in free agency. Should the Jets retain Lee this season, and there are a few reasons why they should, he could wind up landing the Jets a comp pick should he depart via free agency.