Jets QB Aaron Rodgers, DE Haason Reddick Skip Minicamp

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New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers, DE Haason Reddick Skip Minicamp

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and edge rusher Haason Reddick were absent for the team’s mandatory two-day minicamp, the team announced Tuesday.

Aaron Rodgers, Haason Reddick are subject to a $16.9K fine for missing the first day

Since both absences are unexcused, Rodgers and Reddick are subject to a $16,953 fine for missing the first day, $33,908 for the second day. Reddick already has forfeited a $250,000 workout bonus.

Reddick and the Jets are still in an ongoing contract dispute, and he has skipped all voluntary workouts. Rodgers took the required physical and participated in the team’s media day before missing minicamp.

Reddick, 29, was acquired in a March 29 trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound edge rusher is slated to make a non-guaranteed $14.25 million in base pay in the final year of the contract he signed with the Eagles in 2022.

However, Rodgers’ absence was expected.

“Aaron and I spoke before OTAs started,” coach Robert Saleh said. “He’s very good in communication. He’s been here the entire time. It’s unexcused, but he had an event that was very important to him, which he communicated.”

Rodgers, who turns 41 in December, is nine months removed from Achilles surgery. The four-time MVP was a full participant in practice during three weeks of OTA practices.

New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said Rodgers gave him advance warning

Saleh downplayed Rodgers’ no-show when asked by reporters, saying it wasn’t a surprise because the Super Bowl XLV champion had given the team the heads-up.

“No,” he said. “Selfishly, I want our guys here all the time, but when you get to these mandatory things, you make the best decision for yourself. Obviously, selfishly, want all of them here all the time, but he made a decision and that’s where he went.”

Saleh declined to comment on whether Reddick is upset with his contract.

“He’s in a really good place mentally, working his tail off like we already knew, but he’s choosing to sit out this one unexcused,” Saleh said.

Before trading for Reddick, the Jets lost sack leader Bryce Huff in free agency to the Eagles. Huff, 26, was offered a three-year, $51 million contract, including $34 million guaranteed. The Eagles preferred to invest in the younger Huff than reinvesting in Reddick.

Because of his age, the Jets might not offer Reddick a contract extension. Douglas usually will not extend contracts for veteran players 29 and older or those acquired in trades. The only exception was tight end Ryan Griffin, who was 29 when he received a three-year, $9.6 million contract in November 2019.

The Jets added Reddick this offseason for his pass-rushing ability. The 2017 first-rounder has recorded 50.5 sacks over the past four seasons, the fourth-most in the NFL over that span.

In 2024, Rodgers will enter his 20th season in the league and 17th overall season as a starter. It will also be his second season with the Jets.

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