Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton could be entering his senior year with the New York Jets. According to a report from ESPNthe New York Jets declined to include the fifth-year option on Becton’s rookie contract.
As the No. 11 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Becton’s fifth-year option would have paid him $13,565,000 for the 2024 season. 5,869,197 will count against New York’s books while receiving a base salary of just over $3.1 million. (The remaining cap hit comes from the prorated portion of his signing bonus.)
Becton had a strong debut season with the Jets in 2020, starting 13 games at left tackle and earning starting quality numbers from Pro Football Focus. However, Becton has played only one game for the Jets since then, as he struggled with both injuries and fitness.
New York appeared to have abandoned Becton in its team-building effort, having drafted Max Mitchell in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft and Carter Warren in the fourth round in 2023, as well as signing Duane Brown, Billy Turner and Cedric Ogbuehi, who are all tackles.
He is only 24 years old, has a good pedigree and is capable of playing at a high level if he can ever get healthy and in good football form. with the Jets would come to an untimely end. Coaches love nothing more than trying to prove they can get the best out of a talented player who failed to live up to expectations elsewhere, and Becton would certainly fit the bill.