This isn’t a big surprise, considering that Lee has come as a potential trade candidate and it would have cost the Jets around $10 million next year.
Even though his option is being declined, Mehta says it’s still possible Lee could have a role in Greg Williams’ this year.
Lee, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2016. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $10.221 million and set to make a base salary of $1.83 million in 2019.
Lee will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
In 2018, Lee appeared 12 games for the Jets and recorded 74 tackles, no sacks, three interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown and five pass defenses.