NFL Trade Rumors: 2 Huge New York Jets Stars Skipping Mandatory Minicamp

The New York Jets are prepping for a pivotal 2024 season, but not quite everyone is on board for the start of mandatory minicamp. According to head coach Robert Saleh, four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and two-time Pro Bowl edge rusher Haason Reddick are both absent.

Reddick has yet to participate in any organized team activities since being traded to the Jets in March. Evidently, he's looking for a new contract. He has one year left on a three-year, $45 million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022. He has vastly outplayed that deal, but the fact that he's about to turn 30 years old in September could complicate long-term extension negotiations.  

Rodgers' absence is more notable, not only because of his potential on-field impact but also because he has typically been present for the Jets' previous offseason practices. Interestingly, Saleh clarified that Rodgers' absence was unexcused and attributed it to an event that was "important to him."

Saleh's lack of support is surprising, given Rodgers' stature in the league and his role on the team. Typically, teams do anything they can to avoid the perception of drama and conflict. Whatever Rodgers is up to, the Jets clearly don't approve.

The stakes for the Jets couldn't be higher heading into the 2024 season. Anything short of excellence could see the organization clean house. Rodgers will turn 41 this season and is coming off an Achilles tear, and the Jets are only Super Bowl contenders so long as he remains a quality player. Hopefully, both parties can let bygones be bygones and can get back to having a productive offseason.

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