The Jets are ready to say goodbye to oft-penalized TE Matthew Mulligan, a restricted free agent. The team isn’t planning to extend a qualifying offer, according to a league source, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent.
It would cost the Jets about $1.3 million to tender Mulligan, a move that would give them the right of first refusal, but they’re not willing to pay that much for a No. 2 tight end. They could always re-sign him at a later date for a lower salary.
Mulligan started nine games last season and ended up playing roughly 40 percent of the offensive snaps, driving everyone crazy with his penchant for penalties. He was penalized nine times for 64 yards, the second-most on the team. Only RT Wayne Hunter was flagged more often than Mulligan. What made Mulligan’s miscues so maddening is that six penalties were of the pre-snap variety. He was used primarily as a blocker, finishing with only five receptions.
Let me be the first to say, or close to it that this is AWESOME news, but this doesn’t mean he couldn’t be back. The Jets won’t tender him meaning that he will be a RFA and they won’t have to pay him his 1.3 tender BUT they could re-sign him at a later date for a lower salary because the Jets are going to the Run especially now that they brought in Tony Sparano.
Fans on Twitter are rejoicing he’s gone BUT he could come back. Do I want him back, heck no. He was just plain awful when it came to penalties and it drove fans nuts.