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NY Jets lose free agent WR Jamison Crowder to AFC East rival

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Jamison Crowder leaves the New York Jets in free agency

Jamison Crowder will remain a staple in the lives of the New York Jets. His new endeavors, however, will see him ditch green, black, and white for red, white, and blue.

Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Crowder is set to sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the division rival Buffalo Bills, ending his Jets tenure at three seasons.

Crowder, who will turn 29 in June, will look to help Buffalo earn its third consecutive AFC East title next season as he joins a high-octane offensive unit that already features Josh Allen, Gabriel Davis, Stefon Diggs, Isaiah McKenzie, and Devin Singletary.

Buffalo’s run to the Super Bowl ended in a Divisional rounder thriller in Kansas City though they did dispatch the New England Patriots in one-sided fashion in the Wild Card stage.

Crowder was a rare silver lining for the Jets’ star-crossed offense, serving as the far-and-away leader of the Jets’ major receiving categories over the last three seasons after coming over from Washington in 2019.

In becoming one of the league’s most reliable slot targets, Crowder earned 1,979 yards on 188 receptions, 14 of which went for touchdowns. In comparison, no other Jets receiver had more than 940, 89, and seven in those respective categories (Braxton Berrios in the runner-up spot in the first two while the latter-most placed Ryan Griffin in second).

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Crowder’s most famous New York moment wasn’t a catch, but rather a different kind of aerial touchdown: the Duke alum became a New York cult hero of sorts in December 2020, when green trickery saw him launch a 43-yard scoring pass to Berrios, the first score of an eventual 23-16 victory over the playoff-bound Cleveland Browns.

Moving to Buffalo should finally allow Crowder to partake in some games meaningful to the NFL’s playoff bracket again. Crowder partook in Washington’s 2015 NFC East title run but he has not returned to the playoffs since. He’ll likely take over the slot man’s role left behind by the released Cole Beasley.

Crowder becomes the fourth New York free agent to move elsewhere this March, joining Foley Fatukasi (Jacksonville), Marcus Maye, (New Orleans), and Morgan Moses (Baltimore).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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2 years ago

Crowder is only 29, was a contributor for the Jets. Salary went from 10 million , Douglas cut his salary in the last year of his deal to 6 million, now Jamison signs for 4