Jets WR Josh Doctson Opts Out

A late opt-out: Jets wide receiver Josh Doctson. The former first-round pick notified his new team he will opt out, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.

Doctson signed with the Jets in February as a street free agent, doing so after the Vikings cut him during the 2019 season. The former Washington first-rounder’s bounce-back opportunity will have to wait until 2021.

Doctson’s one-year Jets pact will toll to 2021, though it is certainly not a lock he will be in Gang Green’s plans for the ’21 regular season. As a Viking in 2019, Doctson suffered a leg injury in September but was one of Minnesota’s IR-return designations. He did not, however, make any catches for the Vikings.

While Doctson did not deliver on Washington’s investment, he did post multiple 500-plus-yard seasons from 2017-18 and profiled as a somewhat interesting candidate to factor into the Jets’ wideout mix this season. Instead, he will join C.J. Mosley and offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi in opting out.

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    • Mpicc33

      He did guarantee himself 150k by opting out though instead of getting nothing when he was cut

      • Ak185

        I think that’s only an advance. Unless Doctson is judged to be high risk, he does not get a stipend.

        • wagner13

          Correct. Otherwise, any players on the roster bubble would probably opt out to secure a guaranteed payday. Besides, then the contract wouldn’t roll over to next season

        • Mpicc33

          From what I read it’s 150k for voluntary opt out and 350k for medical reasons but Ak’s answer sounds correct

    • wagner13

      What a horrific draft class for receivers. Doctson, Coleman, and Treadwell were complete flops in the first round. At least Thomas and Boyd redeemed the group a bit in the second round

      • Ak185

        That first round was brutal, for sure. A couple of them have chances to at least not be total busts if they can get the next couple of seasons right. Still, not what you expect from a first rounder.

  1. chippahawk

    No different than the unemployed who don’t want to go back to work. He and Treadwell have worn out their welcomes.

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