New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims asked to be traded or released on Thursday.
A second-round pick in 2020, Mims has 31 catches for 490 yards and no touchdowns in 20 games over his first two seasons.
Agent Ron Slavin issued a statement explaining his 24-year-old client’s position.
“It’s just time. Denzel tried in good faith but it’s clear he does not have a future with the Jets,” the statement read. “Denzel vowed to come back better then (sic) ever this season and worked extremely hard in the offseason to make that happen. Still, he has been given no opportunities with the starting offense to get in a groove with them.
“We feel at this point a trade is our only option, since the Jets have told us repeatedly they will not release him. (General manager) Joe Douglas has always done right by Denzel and we trust he will do everything in his power to find another team where Denzel can be a contributor.”
Mims is listed as one of the second-team receivers on the Jets’ official depth chart, behind starters Corey Davis, Braxton Berrios and Elijah Moore.
Mims caught two passes for 25 yards in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He added three catches for 43 yards in Monday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Mims is due to earn a base salary of $1.1 million in the third season of his four-year rookie contract in 2022.
–Field Level Media