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Jets' Aaron Rodgers, Haason Reddick not in attendance for mandatory minicamp

Antwan Staley, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — The absence of Haason Reddick, a key player, from the Jets facility continues to be a significant development.

However, Aaron Rodgers’ unexpected inclusion on the absentee list for the mandatory minicamp added a surprising twist.

Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Tuesday that not only did Reddick not report for mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but so did Aaron Rodgers.

Both players are subject to fines for not reporting to mandatory minicamp.

“We both have two unexcused absences, one of them being Haason,” Saleh said. “Spoke to him over the weekend, and I appreciate the dialogue, and he is in a really good place mentally and working his tail off.

“Aaron and I spoke before OTAs started. He has been good with communication and has been here the entire time. It’s unexcused, but he had an event that was very important to him.”

Reddick not showing up for mandatory minicamp was hardly a surprise to anyone.

The Jets acquired Reddick in a trade with the Eagles on April 1. However, he has not been with the team during their offseason workouts, which has cost him $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Reddick, 29, is in the final year of his contract, scheduled to pay him $14.2 million. He has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract. Despite that, the Jets still made the decision to trade for Reddick because of his pass rush ability.

The Jets’ defensive line has undergone some cosmetic changes this offseason. They traded veteran defensive lineman and one of the team leaders, John Franklin-Myers, to the Broncos draft weekend. Jets general manager Joe Douglas said the team couldn’t financially keep both Reddick and Franklin-Myers on the roster.

A month before that, the Jets let homegrown talent and last year’s sack leader Bryce Huff sign with the Eagles for three years and $51.1 million.

 

Reddick’s failure to report to the mandatory minicamp has resulted in the loss of his $250,000 workout bonus and a potential loss of more than $50,000.

When the Jets acquired Reddick, it was thought that he and the team were working on an extension. But no such agreement has been made.

During the last four seasons, Reddick has recorded double-digit sacks with the Cardinals (2020) and Panthers (2021) and the previous two seasons with the Eagles (50.5 during that four-year span). In his first season with the Eagles in 2022, Reddick posted a career high in sacks (16) along with 49 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. Reddick followed that up last year with a 38-tackle, 11-sack campaign. He was named to the Pro Bowl both seasons in Philly.

When he was in Philadelphia, Reddick indicated he was seeking a contract extension. When he didn’t receive that and after Huff signed a three-year, $51.1 million with the Eagles, they put Reddick on the trade market. That’s when the Jets acquired the pass rusher for a conditional 2026 third-round pick that could be a second if Reddick plays at least 67.5% of the upcoming season and has 10 or more sacks.

Many outside the building are surprised by Rodgers’ absence from mandatory minicamp. He participated throughout the Jets’ spring workouts after returning from his season-ending Achilles injury last September. Rodgers was in the building on Monday for Jets media day before departing.

Rodgers is also subject to a fine of more than $50,000.

“Selfishly, I want all our guys here all the time, but when you get to these mandatory things, you make the best decision for yourself,” Saleh said. “Obviously, selfishly, I want all of them here all the time, but he made a decision, and that’s what he went with.”

Tyrod Taylor will first-team reps during minicamp, with Rodgers not practicing the next two days. The Jets signed him to a two-year contract in March.

“He has been fantastic, Saleh said about Taylor. “Elite human, elite leader. The speed at which he is grasping the offense has been pretty cool. He is calling two-minute [offenses] already. He is going to get another opportunity tomorrow to do the same thing.”


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