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Jets' Blinded as Aaron Rodgers and Haason Reddick Miss 1st Minicamp

The New York Jets started their two-day mandatory minicamp today. As SNY NFL Insider Connor Hughes reported, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the new offseason acquisition edge rusher Haason Reddick were not present.

In Rodgers’ case, this is not a surprise to New York as Head Coach Robert Saleh said Rodgers told the team he’d be missing minicamp a while ago. Rodgers is attending an event that is “important to him.”

Even though minicamp is mandatory, and Rodgers could be fined for not showing up, this isn’t an issue. Rodgers has been an active teammate and leader all offseason. He has been at every voluntary workout and is just missing these two days for something personal. Saleh has no concerns about Rodgers not being there.

In the case of Reddick, there is no reason to panic yet, but this is becoming concerning. Reddick hasn’t shown up to any offseason workouts and hasn’t even had contact with Saleh. Now, he is missing mandatory camp and has not publicly addressed his absence.

The good news is it’s only June, official training camp doesn’t start till July. This gives the Jets and Reddick plenty of time to figure out what needs to be resolved for him to start participating in team practices.

The speculation is that Reddick got traded from Philadelphia in the first place because he is looking for a new contract and since he and The Jets have not reached a new deal yet. He is skipping out on the offseason workouts. Making him an official holdout from the team.

It’s not a good look for the Jets to have traded for someone in need of a new contract and then him holding out because he hasn’t gotten one yet. Reddick is a new addition to the team that you would like to see participating in these practices. Reddick is meant to be a key piece to this Jets defense; they need him out there.

Could this become a case where he holds out for as long as possible until he gets a new deal? Reddick most likely won’t hold out for an entire season, skipping out on the money he would make this season. But this could become a major concern if training camp opens and Reddick is still not on the field. You would think, with the fact the Jets traded for him, they would have already had a plan in place to give him a contract extension.OffseasonM

It is unclear whether the Jets are in active contract negotiations with Reddick. Saleh has opted not to discuss Reddick's absence, deferring to let that be a question General Manager Joe Douglas answers.

Do the Jets sit tight and hope Reddick just shows up to play under the contract he already has? Or do they hammer out a contract extension to make him a Jet beyond this season? That will be the question people wonder about as the summer progresses. Either way, The Jets need to ensure Reddick is on the field for them come week one.

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