New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said Sunday the team has rescinded its offer to free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
“It just didn’t seem to be in keeping with our long-term plan,” Johnson told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando.
The Jets’ interest in Suh, which surfaced on Friday, came as a surprise. That they’ve pulled the offer also is a surprise.
The Jets made a “pretty big offer” to the former All-Pro, Johnson said. Suh told Yahoo! Sports it was the largest offer he had received since being released by the Miami Dolphins. He’s also drawing interest from the Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints.
Johnson said they decided to change course after he discussed the matter with general manager Mike Maccagnan. Coach Todd Bowles wasn’t part of that conversation, according to Johnson, who wasn’t involved in the decision to make the initial offer.
“I had a lot of discussion with Mike about this,” Johnson said. “Our thinking just changed. That’s where I have to leave it.”
He declined to elaborate.
The Jets are looking to replace defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who was released because of cap and production concerns. Bowles, who has spoken glowingly of Suh in the past, reached out to him with a recruiting pitch, explaining how they could use him in their defense.
The staff felt Suh, 31, could be a valuable addition, a disruptive player who could draw extra blockers. Johnson himself described Suh as “one of the best football players out there,” but he evidently didn’t want him on his team.
Johnson didn’t want it to be characterized that he interceded, saying it was a joint decision with Maccagnan.
“It became apparent to the two of us that this just didn’t work,” Johnson said.
The Jets still have more than $30 million in cap room. They’ve been emphasizing youth during free agency, and Suh’s age likely was a turn off. He also has a reputation for not being a team player.
“I don’t want to be a flash in the pan,” Johnson said, speaking of his team-building approach. “I don’t want to load up on people who can get you there, but can’t keep you there. This is about building something great long term.”
In other developments, Johnson said he was “absolutely” disappointed that Kirk Cousins didn’t take their free-agent offer, but he expressed optimism about their “Plan B” at quarterback. They traded up in the draft, from six to three, presumably to take a quarterback.
“It’s almost a shame to call it Plan B because it’s shaping up as something pretty magnificent,” he said. “I’m really excited about it. … It doesn’t hurt at all that we have an awful lot of money that we might have been sending out the door to one player now back with us.”
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert contributed to this report.
Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones to play against Detroit Lions despite hamstring
Jones returned to the lineup last Sunday and had eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 40-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
After sitting out the Falcons’ Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears, he played just 15 snaps in Week 4 and did not play in Week 5 with the same hamstring injury.
Jones sat out practice Wednesday before being a limited participant Thursday and Friday.
He has 23 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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Hopkins was held out of practice this week due to the injury, which has plagued him much of the season. Despite regularly appearing on the injury report, Hopkins hasn’t missed a game and leads the NFL with 47 receptions for a league-leading 601 yards and two touchdowns.
Hopkins had two receptions for 73 yards in Monday night’s win over Dallas. He’s missed just two games due to injury in his eight-year career.
Las Vegas Raiders activate offensive linemen Kolton Miller, Denzelle Good, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson off COVID-19 list
HENDERSON, Nev. — The Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday activated four starting offensive linemen who had close contact with right tackle Trent Brown earlier this week.
Left tackle Kolton Miller, left guard Denzelle Good, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson came off the COVID-19 list Saturday but must still test negative for the virus on Sunday morning in order to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
None of the four players have tested positive since going on the COVID-19 list this week as “high risk” close contacts to right tackle Trent Brown, who did test positive on Wednesday morning.
The four players were with Brown at practice on Monday. According to league protocol, as high risk contacts, they had to test negative for five consecutive days, plus the last day of contact.
Safety Johnathan Abram had contact with Brown on Tuesday, so there is not enough time for him to finish the protocol and play against Tampa Bay.
Brown was not wearing his tracking device, as mandated by NFL protocol, on Monday, so practice film had to be scoured to see who Brown had been close to that day.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Friday that Brown, who remains on the COVID-19 list, was feeling better.
With Miller, Good, Hudson and Jackson in self-isolation and joining the Raiders virtually this week to prepare, Las Vegas practiced with an offensive line of Brandon Parker, John Simpson, Andre James, Patrick Omameh and Sam Young. Left guard Richie Incognito remains on injured reserve.
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