Ian Rapoport to NFL Network reported on Friday that Jets linebacker Avery Williamson suffered a torn ACL during the team's preseason game against the Falcons on Thursday. The injury occurred with 3:52 remaining in the second quarter, at which point every defensive starter, with the exception of Williamson, was removed from the game. On his way to Atlanta, returning to Brian Hill, Jets cornerback Tevaughn Campbell made the dubious decision to dive after a ball he was unlikely to reach and collided with Williamson's knee.
The decision to leave Williamson on the field during this game was quite inexplicable – insofar as anything can be explained by Greg Williams, and Adam Gus did not exactly instill confidence in his employees' ability not to make dumb mistakes with your explanation.
Different amount of pictures, explained head coach Adam Gase on Thursday night. "Some guys we are trying to get with certain packages and you are 1 in this group, 2 in this group. For the last two weeks he has been staying a little longer there. "
Of course, nothing Gusse could say will change the reality that the team's defensive leader has disappeared for the year. While it certainly sucks for a team that has expected the inner duo of Williamson and W. W. Mosley to break down this season, it is certainly worse for a person who is actually injured.
This does not mean that a torn ACL is the end of Williamson's career – the linebacker is only 27 years old and he reportedly left the dressing room on Thursday, thinking the impact was minor – but it could be the end of his time with the Jets. The contract he signed with the team in March 2018 was for three years and worth $ 22.5 million, but with only $ 16 million guaranteed. This is the last part that really puts Williamson in a shit situation. The guaranteed money is scheduled to expire at the end of this season and the Jets will then choose to keep it on the $ 8.5 million hit list or cut it for a $ 2 million hit in a dead hat. Given that team managers are already concerned about paying players who are actually healthy, the team will probably choose the latter.
Although it is highly likely that Williamson will again find a place on the NFL roster, any return attempt is likely to be made at a discount, given that those on the negotiating table are likely to weigh seriously the damage of the line player in negotiations.
This way, the talented player can lose millions because of his coach's decision to let him play a bunch of second-string scrolls in a preseason game. No wonder others were so quick to deploy reagents this off-season.