Jets 'rescinded' offer to free-agent Ndamukong Suh
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 27, 2018,
Mar 27, 2018, 1:36
"And when that deadline passed, myself and Christopher - Todd was always informed about this, the whole time - made the determination if we wanted to stay in the race for him, or pull out".
The owner decided Suh was not a fit in NY after meeting with general manager Mike Maccagnan, Sports Illustrated reports.
Johnson said he didn't have a role in the decision-making process that led the Jets to initially offer Suh a deal, per The Athletic's Connor Hughes.
Johnson was vague on reasons for the move, admitting though that it "didn't seem to be in keeping with our long-term plan".
The Jets' interest in Suh comes on the heels of releasing Muhammad Wilkerson, and, according to reports, NY made Suh the biggest offer yet of any team. The five-time Pro Bowler, who was released earlier this month by the Dolphins, said that he had already talked with Bowles about his role in the coach's defense, and reportedly claimed that the Jets made it "abundantly clear" they were "extremely interested" in signing him.
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"Our thinking just changed a bit", Johnson said, not explaining any further.
"When he was cut, we looked into him", general manager Mike Maccagnan said from the NFL Annual Meeting on Monday. "That's where I have to leave it".
Johnson attempted, per Cimini, to make it clear that he didn't tell anyone to bail on the Suh contract, but that it was a mutual decision. Johnson himself described Suh as "one of the best football players out there", but he evidently didn't want him on his team. The Jets also have the most money to spend under the salary cap.
"I don't want to be a flash in the pan", Johnson said, speaking of his team-building approach.