Darron Lee’s days with the Jets are officially over.
Hours after Mike Maccagnan was fired, interim general manager Adam Gase agreed to terms on a deal to send Lee to the Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick, according to a source. The Daily News reported in March that the Jets were looking to trade the underachieving linebacker. The Jets didn’t pick up Lee’s fifth-year option for 2020 for about $10 million, making it clear that he was not a part of their future plans.
Lee, the No. 20 overall pick in 2016, became expendable after the Jets signed Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley in free agency. Lee, who was suspended for the final four games of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, was a no-show at the team’s voluntary veteran minicamp last month.
His $1.8 million base salary in the final year of his rookie deal was no longer guaranteed due to the substance abuse violation.
The 6-1, 237-pound Lee had 74 tackles and three interceptions in 12 games last season. He never lived up to his first-round billing and often exhibited immaturity that didn’t sit well with coaches and teammates.
“Darron has played and done some good things for us,” Maccagnan said after the draft. “We’ll see how this unfolds going forward. I think we have some very good competition at a lot of positions. We have very good depth at a lot of positions. We’ll see how it unfolds going forward.”