When the New York Jets signed Carl Lawson to a monster $45 million three-year deal, fans thought their pass-rushing woes were over.
Gang Green hasn’t had a double-digit sack performer since 2015 and unfortunately that drought continued last season.
People in the building said Lawson appeared to be the best player on the team last year, but he tore his Achilles tendon during a training session together and never got to show it.
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Carl Lawson is in danger
Michael Ginnitti from Spotrac documented the The most notable names with outs on their contracts in 2023
A surprising name made the list, and that’s ex-Auburn product Carl Lawson.
“Lawson’s first year in New York was derailed by an injury. He’ll need a big 2022 to continue as the Jets can unlock $15 million.”
If the Jets pulled the trigger and Lawson cut or trade next offseason, they’d just eat a $333,334,000 dead cap hit. In the same way, they would instantly create over $15 million in available cap space.
Initially, the thought of eliminating a player of Lawson’s caliber seems crazy, but when you look at the stats, it’s time to deliver.
Since his college days, Lawson has struggled to stay healthy. The 27-year-old will be with the pros in five years has missed over 30 games.
But despite the injuries, Lawson has shown many insights into dominant play:
- 20 bags
- 83 quarterback hits
- 19 tackles for the loss
Great chance for an amazing debut
So that means there’s a lot of pressure on Lawson to deliver this season. Luckily, there’s a tasty matchup he should take advantage of in week 1.
The Baltimore Ravens shared theirs Last injury report before Sunday and there was a notable name with a notable designation on the squad sheet:
Superstar offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley was restricted from practice all week and officially received the “doubtful” label ahead of the game with an ankle injury.
By all accounts, Stanley will be eliminated from this game, setting Lawson up for a fantastic matchup against the Ravens offensive tackle team.
That means Baltimore would turn to veteran Ja’Wuan James to cover the blind side.
The former Tennessee product did not appear on a football field since 2019. He decided to quit in 2020, tore his Achilles tendon in 2021 and has since been cryogenically frozen on the Ravens bench.
If Lawson could have picked any matchup to start a season, this would have been it.
Throughout the 2022 season, the Jets will rely heavily on their defensive line as the straw stirring the drink for this team. This is especially true for this competition.
The Jets are an unaffordable underdog and if you’re to think an upset is possible, Lawson has to go.
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