Wide receiver Mecole Hardman came to the New York Jets in March sporting two Super Bowl rings. Hardman signed a one-year $6.5 million contract with Gang Green and seven months later, he is returning to Kansas City. What happened?
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson Jr. purchased the NFL franchise in 1999. In the first 10 seasons as CEO of New York's AFC organization, Johnson's teams went to the playoffs 6 times. Fast forward and they haven't been back in a dozen years.
New York Jets fans went into the 2023 season with the hopes and dreams of, if not possibly going to the Super Bowl for the first time in 54 years, at least going to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. Some of the older Gang Green fans went into the 1999 season with similar 'Super' aspirations.
As the team prepared for their final preseason match-up against their stadium roommates, the New York Jets offense took a hit, when veteran wide receiver, Corey Davis announced his retirement. The 28-year old was in the final year of his 3-year/$37.5 million contract with Gang Green. The oft-injured receiver was being counted-on as part of Aaron Rodgers' arsenal.