According to multiple reports the New York Jets and defensive end John Franklin-Myers have agreed to a four year extension running through the 2025 season. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
John Franklin-Myers, a 6’, 4”, 290 pound defensive end originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams, has been enjoying a breakout year early in the 2021 season. In four games Franklin-Myers has already matched his career high in sacks with 3, while also amassing 15 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback hits and 10 quarterback pressures. He has been one of the best defensive ends in the NFL early this season.
This extension ties up the 25 year old Franklin-Myers for the four years from 2022 through 2025, which should be the prime years of his career. With Franklin-Myers on the last year of his rookie deal, the Jets avoid losing him to free agency after this year. While we don’t yet know the salary cap ramifications, this is a welcome development for most Jets fans. Retaining the services of a young and talented player in-house has been something of a bugaboo for Jets GM Joe Douglas, as the Jets traded All Pro safety Jamal Adams and appear likely to move on from Marcus Maye. For long term success it is important that the team be able to identify and retain top talent in-house. The extension of Franklin-Myers hopefully is just the first of many extensions of talented young players in the years to come.