Darron Lee, You’re Killing Me

For the young linebacker, it went from bad, to good, to terrible.

It was a nice comeback story for Darron Lee. Despite being a first round pick in 2016, Lee failed to live up to the expectations after Ohio State; his first two seasons in the NFL were widely regarded as disappointing. Lee was criticized by analysts all over and was even labeled “soft” and “plush” by ex-Jets linebacker Bart Scott, a far cry from Lee’s self-proclaimed nickname of “The Manimal”. But this, this was the season for Lee to silence all of the haters. That started with a stellar season debut in Detroit, in which Lee picked off Matt Stafford twice and even returned one for a touchdown. The positive play continued and after 12 weeks Lee had tallied up an impressive 74 combined tackles and a team-leading 3 interceptions.

And then on December 7th, the young Jets linebacker was officially suspended by the NFL for 4 games after violating the league substance abuse policy. There are a lot of things that could be said about this, but all l can think is: Wow, Just Wow.

What are you thinking, man? This is the season you’re supposed to step up and prove the critics wrong, to become a leader of the Jets young and promising defense. Yet, when you take a step in the right direction, you go ahead and take ten steps back with this stupid boneheaded suspension.

Bill Kostroun | AP

Bill Kostroun | AP

I admit, the Jets are one of the few franchises that can make you so miserable that you need to trip every now and then-- that’s not a surprise to anyone. Hence the name Jets: Just End The Season. But you can’t be PEDing or toking up or whatever it is he did when you’re making millions of dollars and have a future on the line. Now because of his blatant disregard for the rules (and this isn’t the first time he’s shown a lack of respect for professional discipline), his 2019 salary of $1.8 million is no longer guaranteed. In other words, adios amigo.  

Darron Lee, it was good while it lasted. Not really, but we need to search for some kind of positives in this. I guess all I can think of is that you’ve opened up an extra $1.8 million for holdout king of the world Le’Veon Bell.

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