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Jets’ Aaron Rodgers and Haason Reddick Skip Mandatory Minicamp, Face Fines

by Moxieplay

The New York Jets announced Tuesday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and edge rusher Haason Reddick are missing the team’s mandatory two-day minicamp. Both players’ absences are unexcused, leading to potential fines.

Reddick’s no-show escalates a contract dispute between the Jets and their major offseason addition. Rodgers, who took his physical and joined media day on Monday, left town afterward.

Coach Robert Saleh mentioned that Rodgers had communicated his plans: “Aaron and I spoke before OTAs started. He’s been here the entire time. It’s unexcused, but he had an important event.”

Rodgers, a four-time MVP, has been active in voluntary workouts, emphasizing team chemistry. Despite his absence, Saleh was not disappointed, saying Rodgers gave advance notice and made the best decision for himself.

Veteran backup Tyrod Taylor will lead the first-team offense in minicamp. Missing the mandatory sessions subjects Rodgers and Reddick to fines of $16,953 for the first day and $33,908 for the second. Reddick has already forfeited a $250,000 workout bonus.

Running back Breece Hall downplayed Rodgers’ absence, stating he is focused on recovery from his injury.

Reddick, acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, is seeking a new contract. Despite skipping all voluntary workouts, the Jets remain confident in his potential performance this season. The team is mindful of long-term planning, with other key players due for contract extensions soon.

Saleh reached out to Reddick over the weekend but did not comment on their conversation. The Jets remain optimistic about resolving the situation and ensuring Reddick’s productivity.

Without Reddick, the Jets’ top defensive ends include Jermaine Johnson, Micheal Clemons, and 2023 first-round pick Will McDonald IV, who is expected to fill the gap as a situational rusher.

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