Giants Tried to Steal Ex-Jets Starter, First Round Pick ‘for Weeks’: Report

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You have to give them bonus points for persistence.

Earlier this week the New York Giants signed former New York Jets starter Jarrad Davis to their 53-man roster. He had been on the Detroit Lions roster since March 25 but was moved to the practice squad on August 31.

Although according to a new report from Dan Duggan of The Athletic, the Giants had been trying to poach him “for a few weeks.” Davis didn’t want to “uproot his family” so he denied the Giants’ advances in hopes that the Lions would promote him to their 53-man roster.

After the Lions declined to activate him for Week 16, he decided to “take the Giants’ offer.” With their depleted linebacking corps due to a host of injuries Duggan said “it wouldn’t be a surprise if he gets an opportunity quickly.”

Jarrad Davis Showed Potential With Jets

If an NFL team attempts to sign you off of a practice squad you have the right to refuse, as Davis did for weeks.

However, it is beneficial for many reasons to go wherever you can be on an active roster.

Players on the practice squad are paid per week and can be released at any time for any reason. On the Lions practice squad, Davis was making $14,000 per week. On a full-season basis that would have translated to $252,000.

Normal practice squad players make $9,200 per week ($165,600 over a full season). However veteran players who have over two years of experience get the Davis payment plan.

The other perk to being on an active roster is some level of financial security.

Unlike the practice squad where you’re paid on a weekly basis if a player signs to an active roster “he will receive a minimum of three weekly paychecks, even if he is released before spending three weeks with the new team,” per Scott Jennings of Hog Haven.

So Davis is now getting a pay raise, a bigger role on an NFL team, and a new opportunity to extend his professional career.

The former No. 21 overall pick in the first round spent a season with the Jets back in 2021 but his campaign was mired by injuries.

Bob Wischusen Sends Strong Message to Jets

The Jets are hoping to find some magic in the final two weeks of the 2022 regular season. If they do that could mean some playoff football for the first time since 2010.

However, if they don’t make it, Jets radio voice Bob Wischusen argues this season was still a major success for the green and white.

During a recent episode of One Jets Drive, Wischusen was interviewed ahead of the Week 16 home game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football:

“This year has been fun. I mean it has been fun to watch this team play so many games even sometimes when they have come up short. I get when you start off the season 5-2 that the goalposts move a little bit but wide angle lens if you look at teams that eventually go from being not that good to getting better to maybe getting to a Super Bowl and winning one eventually.

Even if the Jets don’t make the playoffs this season usually in the timeline of those teams there are years like this. It’s a building block season. How could anyone say they haven’t gotten better? How could anyone look at where they were two years ago, what the roster looked like then, and what the roster looks like now and not say this year hasn’t been a positive.”

The Jets’ over/under win total from Vegas was 5.5. Not many expected the Jets to be in the playoff picture, yet that is exactly where they’re at with two weeks left to play.

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