According to Osemele’s agents, the damage to his shoulder was more extensive than anticipated and they are now considering specific action against the Jets’ team doctor along with the NFLPA for violations of State Medical Board Regulations.
Osemele explained that this is a 4-6 month recovery from surgery, but he “100 percent” wants to continue playing next year, per Manish Mehta.
According to Osemele, the Jets have fined him the maximum amount and he has since filed a grievance against the team. Osemele mentioned that he informed the team of his decision on Tuesday and new GM Joe Douglas was “upset,” per Hughes.
Osemele was asked if he anticipates being released by the Jets this offseason, given his contract situation and the decision to have surgery: “Absolutely. 100 percent.”
Osemele said that Douglas admitted to him that the team inadvertently sent blank MRIs to doctors and he called it an “honest mistake” by the team, per Mehta.
The Jets claimed that the injury is a pre-existing one from Osemele’s time with the Raiders before joining the Jets, but multiple doctors have told Osemele that they believe he needs surgery.
Osemele, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Ravens back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract with the Ravens before signing a five year, $58.5 million contract with the Raiders back in 2016.
The Raiders traded Osemele to the Jets this offseason for a fifth-round pick. He stands to make base salaries of $9.7 million and $11.2 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2019, Osemele has appeared in three games for the Jets, making three starts.