After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Redskins, wide receiver Jamison Crowder has signed a multi-year deal with the New York Jets, the team announced Friday.
Last season aside, Crowder has been one of the team's most durable and productive receivers since the Redskins drafted him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He missed one game over his first three seasons, posting team-high in catches (192) and yards (2,240) and scoring 12 touchdowns over that stretch.
It was not until 2018 that Crowder missed significant time with a nagging ankle injury. In nine games, he finished with 23 receptions for 388 yards and a pair of scores.
Crowder expressed a "high interest level" in returning to Washington after last season but recognized the uncertainty that comes along with being an unrestricted free agent. He was also one of the top slot receivers in this year's free agent class, making him more desirable to franchises around the league.
“I think that the slot is a position where you can create mismatches, obviously," Crowder said after last season. "It’s also a tough position because you have to deal with certain body types. Guys that play on the outside are typically just going to go against defensive backs. Now there are a lot of top defensive backs, but inside we have to contend with linebackers, safeties, nickel slots, whatever it may be. … It’s a great time to be a slot receiver.”
Notable highlights from Crowder's tenure in Washington include the 2015 regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. That's when Crowder, then a rookie, put up his first 100-yard receiving game with five receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown -- numbers that helped him break the franchise rookie record with 59 catches.
Crowder then exceeded those statistics in his sophomore campaign, setting career-highs with 67 receptions, 847 yards and seven touchdowns, and posted similar catches and yards totals in his third season.
And while his numbers dipped last year due to an ankle injury that forced him to miss seven contests, Crowder is fully healthy now and should provide the Jets with a versatile pass-catcher.
"He's got great quickness in intermediate routes, can separate, has good hands, he's tough, he's physical in the running game," head coach Jay Gruden said in January. "There is really not anything that Jamison can't do. You look at his size and say he's little, but he plays big.”
With Crowder off to New York, the Redskins are excited about Trey Quinn potentially playing in the slot and could add outside wide receiver depth in the upcoming NFL draft, free agency, or both.
"Obviously, with Jamison being a free agent, we feel great about Trey Quinn’s progress last year, even though he got hurt a little bit," Gruden said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 28. "We have some other guys in-house that we’re excited about. But if you’re talking about that position, you’re looking for a bigger guy, maybe. A flanker-type guy."