It's even worse for Allen Lazard. Everyone knew Randall Cobb would be a backup receiver who could step up in key moments due to his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. New York signed Cobb to a team-friendly one-year, $3 million deal.
But Lazard was supposed to be a go-to target. A reliable No. 2 receiver behind Garrett Wilson. The Jets gave Lazard a four-year, $44 million contract. And it just hasn't worked out.
Lazard has made just 20 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. He has dropped four passes this year. Lazard is on track for his worst numbers since his rookie season, when he only played one offensive snap.
The Jets made Lazard a healthy scratch in their defeat to the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. He returned to the lineup for the following game and even started against the Houston Texans in Week 14, but failed to make a catch despite playing 81 offensive snaps.
After benching Lazard in Week 12, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that the former Packers receiver wasn't going anywhere and would be "here for the next year-and-a-half." While that initially sounded like he was backing his player, Lazard has over three years remaining on his contract.
The Packers made the right call to move on.