Former Eagles Star Already Causing Friction on New Team

A former star defender for the Philadelphia Eagles is in the midst of contract drama with his new team.
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The Philadelphia Eagles made significant changes to their roster on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. Not only did they revamp their secondary with the additions of rookies Cooper DeJean and Quinyon Mitchell, and the return of C.J. Gardner-Johnson, but they also parted ways with star pass rusher Haason Reddick.

Reddick was traded to the New York Jets for a conditional third-round draft pick after it had been clear that the two-time Pro Bowler wanted a new contract. The 29-year-old was entering the final season of his contract after outplaying the three-year, $45 million deal he signed in 2022.

It was understandable that the Eagles didn't want to give him a massive, multi-year contract and didn't want to risk a contract holdout. The latest reporting out of Jets' mandatory minicamp is evidence that Philadelphia did the right thing by moving on from Reddick this spring.

According to Connor Hughes of SNYtv, Reddick is not participating in the minicamp. This allows the Jets to fine him for a total of up to $100,000 for skipping mandatory practice. It also sounds like the Jets had no idea that Reddick was not going to show up.

Former Eagle Haason Reddick Officially A Contract Holdout

This is clearly a huge problem for the Jets. Trading for a player without understanding his contract demands is a mistake. Being caught off guard by your most recent acquisition's intentions is unacceptable.

This also matters for the Eagles. The pick Philly received from the Jets turns into a second-rounder if Reddick plays 67.5% of snaps with the Jets or records 10+ sacks.

Considering that Reddick had played over that snap count for the past four seasons and recorded over 10 sacks every season over that span, it was safe to assume that the Eagles would receive that second-rounder.

This contract holdout situation jeopardizes that and makes it more likely that Philadelphia will end up with a third-rounder instead.

Reddick understands the internal leverage he has over the Jets. They traded for him and he knows that they will give him what he wants as he has been one of the best pass rushers in the league for the past couple of seasons.

Only Myles Garrett, TJ Watt, and Trey Hendrickson have more sacks over the last four years than Reddick. So it's understandable that he wants to be paid commensurate to the production he brings on the defensive end.

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