The New York Jets are in serious need of offensive line help, so 2024 will be a critical year to provide depth either in the NFL draft or through free agency (if the Jets have the cap space). Still, the Jets have some unfinished business on their current offensive line.
The Jets recently declined the 5th year option for Mehki Becton, who was their 11th overall pick in the 2020 draft. That 5th year option was for $13,565,000. His current salary is $3.1 million with a cap hit (with signing bonus) of $5,869,197.
Becton has had a rough career with the Jets. He was a starter as a rookie (in 2020) and showed some promise with solid run and pass grades. He played a total of 691 offensive snaps (all at left tackle) with 412 pass blocking snaps and 279 run blocking snaps.
On the year he had 7 penalties and allowed 7 sacks, which is a little high. Yet he allowed only a single QB hit (outside the sacks) and 23 total pressures, which is good for a rookie.
Becton missed two games and portions of others with assorted injuries. Jets beat writer Tony Pauline stated at the time that the Jets “are not happy” with Becton for numerous reasons. A source told Pauline that Becton “taps out a lot: he taps out of plays, taps out of games, and does not work very hard.” It was stated by Rich Cimini that although Becton weighed in at 364 lbs for his rookie season, he had jumped to 380 lbs by seasons end. Also during Becton’s 14 games started in 2020 he only played in 77.5% of possible snaps due to leaving for the sideline for various reasons.
Even the ever-optimistic Robert Saleh sent a subtle shot across the sizeable Becton bow by stating in a news conference “The amount of investment that you put into your body is the amount that it’ll give back. So that’s part of the learning progression of young men. They’ve got to learn how to take care of their bodies, they’ve got to eat right, workout right, rest right, regenerate right.”
Then the roof kind of fell in. Becton missed nearly the entire 2021 offseason with a dislocated kneecap and MCL sprain. Becton was supposed to miss less than half the season but never returned. He then missed the entire 2022 season.
The 2023 season has been mediocre for the once “man with Hall of Fame traits.” He has played a total of 565 offensive snaps, with 381 pass block snaps and 184 run blocking snaps. He has played 464 snaps at left tackle and 101 at right tackle in 2023. He has committed 8 accepted penalties, allowed 6 sacks, 4 QB hits and 31 QB pressures. His pass blocking has been better than his run blocking, which shows you how poor he has been. He has regressed from his rookie season in every measurable stat. He is also questioned by the coaching staff for his desire and toughness.
The $64,000 question (for all you old folks who remember that show) is do you bring back Mekhi Becton for the 2024 season and at what price? This wouldn’t even be a question if Becton had advanced the way the Jets had hoped. It also shouldn’t be a question with the way Becton has played, but the Jets are bereft of offensive linemen. The Jets also may have limited cap space to bring in top talent, and they only have two draft picks in the first two days of the 2024 NFL draft. The Jets currently have less than $6 million in cap space. The Jets have painted themselves into a corner so to speak.
Spotrac has a market value for Becton at $12.9 million, which is insane. Yet I could see some team giving Becton a $10 million per year contract based on incentive and low guaranteed money.
So what do you say? Do you re-sign Becton or just cut ties with the former 1st round pick?
Please add your thoughts to the comments below.
Should the Jets re-sign Mekhi Becton?
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1) Simple answer- Yes
2) Yes but only under $12 Million per year
3) Yes but only under $10 million per year
4) Yes but only under $8 million a year
5) Yes but only as a last resort
6) No unless it’s a super cheap contract
7) Simple answer no