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October 6, 2020 09:48 PM
Darron Lee: Finishes suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday after completing his four-game suspension, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 25-year-old received the four-game ban in early September for undisclosed reasons, but he's now available to play should he sign with a team. Lee was a first-round pick by the Jets in 2016 and started 36 games over his first three seasons, but he's been unable to find a new team after working in a reserve capacity with the Chiefs last season.

September 10, 2020 05:00 PM
Darron Lee: Dealt four-game suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee received a four-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Yates' report doesn't provide an explanation behind Lee's suspension, but barring a successful appeal, the 25-year-old linebacker won't be able to play with a team until Week 5. A 2016 first-round pick by the Jets, Lee spent the 2019 campaign in Kansas City and notched 31 tackles in 16 games before becoming a free agent during the offseason.

February 20, 2020 04:16 PM
Chiefs' Darron Lee: Just 31 tackles in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee notched 31 tackles (22 solo) across 16 regular-season games in 2019.

Lee averaged 80 tackles per season for the Jets from 2016-18, but he was relegated to a depth role in his inaugural season with the Chiefs, logging a career-low 161 defensive snaps despite playing a full 16-game slate for the first time. He looks set for a similar reserve role in 2020.

October 27, 2019 07:00 PM
Chiefs' Darron Lee: Gearing up against Packers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee (illness) will play in Sunday's game against the Packers, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Lee battled a sickness through the practice week, but he's ready for this prime-time matchup. The fourth-year pro's snap share can be flaky, as he works mainly as a reserve behind Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson while also picking up ample playing time on special teams. Lee has 23 tackles over seven games in this role.

October 23, 2019 03:44 PM
Chiefs' Darron Lee: Feeling ill
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee (illness) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

This shouldn't be an issue as long as Lee can get back onto the field by Friday's practice. Regardless, the team's starting linebackers are fully healthy, so his absence would only hurt the depth, in which Dorian O'Daniel stands to be the main beneficiary if Lee is out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

August 24, 2019 10:12 PM
Chiefs' Darron Lee: Dealing with chest injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee exited Saturday's preseason matchup with San Francisco due to a chest injury and is questionable to return.

Lee was originally traded to the Chiefs from the Jets in May for a sixth-round pick in 2020. It's unclear how serious the injury is or how much it could hinder the 24-year-old from trying to earn a rotational role in Kansas City's linebacking corps.

May 16, 2019 09:52 AM
Chiefs' Darron Lee: Traded to Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets agreed to trade Lee to the Chiefs on Wednesday in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After the Jets were unwilling to pick up Lee's fifth-year option for 2020 earlier in the offseason, the team and interim general manager/head coach Adam Gase chose to ship the linebacker elsewhere. The 2016 first-round pick was left without a starting job after the Jets signed C.J. Mosley to a massive contract back in March. Lee is still on track to be a free agent next spring, unless the Chiefs are interested in discussing an extension before the start of the new league year. For now, Lee is expected battle for snaps in a linebacking core that already features Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland.

May 4, 2019 12:20 AM
Jets' Darron Lee: Fifth-year option declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets did not pick up Lee's fifth-year option in time for Friday's deadline, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

By letting the deadline pass without picking up the option, the Jets ensured that Lee would become a free agent during 2020. The 2016 first-round pick will now be playing in a contract season while trying to improve on the career-low solo-tackle total (43) he generated last season.

May 2, 2019 02:44 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Fifth-year option bypassed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets don't intend to exercise Lee's fifth-year option ahead of Friday's deadline, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

The news hardly comes as a surprise with reports coming out in March indicating that Lee was a candidate to be cut or traded following the free-agent signings of Avery Williamson and C.J. Mosley during the past two offseasons. Lee also missed the final four games of last season with a suspension for a substance-abuse violation, further hurting his standing with the team. The 24-year-old would carry only a $1.4 million dead-cap penalty if cut by the Jets before the start of the season.

April 23, 2019 06:20 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Sitting out OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee isn't participating in the offseason program, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Neither team nor player has much incentive to risk an injury when there's a desire to work out a trade. With C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson locked in as their top linebackers, the Jets presumably hope to deal Lee before or during the 2019 NFL Draft. The 2016 first-round pick had three interceptions last season and three sacks the year prior, but he was never known for consistency even before he closed out 2018 with a four-game suspension for a substance abuse violation.

March 13, 2019 11:08 AM
Jets' Darron Lee: Candidate to be traded
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee is a candidate to be traded or cut by the Jets, Matt Stypulkoski of reports.

With the Jets having brought in four-time Pro Bowl selection C.J. Mosley on a five-year, $85 million deal and Avery Williamson under contract with a $10 million dead-cap penalty for 2019, Lee appears to be the odd-man out in the team's linebacker corps. It's possible that the Jets elect to retain the 2016 first-round pick in a reduced role, but his talent in coverage and blitzing situations should garner him a solid trade market. Lee carries just a $1.4 million penalty for 2019 if the Jets decide to trade or cut him.

January 2, 2019 10:24 AM
Jets' Darron Lee: Suspension lifted
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee had his suspension lifted Monday, according to the NFL's transaction report.

Lee was hit with a four-game suspension to end the year for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The Jets will now face the decision of whether they wish to extend a fifth-year option to the linebacker. If the fifth-year option is not exercised by May 3, Lee will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019 league year. The 2016 first-round selection recorded 74 tackles, five pass breakups, three interceptions and a touchdown through 12 games this season.

December 7, 2018 04:24 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Done for season after suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee received a four-game suspension Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Unless Lee plans to appeal the suspension, his 2018 season will come to an end with just four games remaining on the Jets' schedule. With the fantasy playoffs underway in many IDP leagues, Lee's absence comes at an especially unfortunate time. He had been a serviceable option at linebacker this season with 74 tackles, five pass breakups, three interceptions and a touchdown through 12 outings. Kevin Pierre-Louis or Neville Hewitt could be pressed into a larger role on the inside next to Avery Williamson with Lee out of the picture.

November 11, 2018 05:48 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Records 11 tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee logged 11 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills.

Lee posted his highest single-game tackle total of the season during the Week 10 loss, during which time the Jets' defense was outmatched by Buffalo's offense during all phases of the game. The 2016 first-rounder's tackle volume and work in pass coverage keep him on the IDP radar, and Lee will look to log another strong performance against the Patriots in Week 11.

October 14, 2018 09:32 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Records third interception in Week 6
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee led his team with eight tackles (six solo) while adding a pass defended and an interception in Sunday's 42-34 win over the Colts.

Lee returned the interception 25 yards before being taken down. The coverage linebacker has really blossomed in his third season, having already recorded three interceptions through six weeks after failing to pick off a single pass in his first two seasons.

September 11, 2018 02:40 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Picks Stafford off twice Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee posted two interceptions and seven tackles (six solo) in Monday's win over the Lions.

Lee managed to return one of his two interceptions Monday for a touchdown, giving the Jets their first defensive score since 2013. He was the star performer on a Jets defense that was dominant on Monday night, and while this level of production is obviously not sustainable, Lee is off to a great start to his third NFL season after recording the first two picks of his career.

June 17, 2018 11:44 AM
Jets' Darron Lee: Ready to call plays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee will be the primary play caller on defense this season, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.

The Jets signed Avery Williamson to replace Demario Davis as the "mike" inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense, but Lee likely will retain a three-down role while handling play calling from the "mo" spot. The 2016 first-round pick played 1,028 defensive snaps last season, notching 94 tackles (67 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 games. Davis led the team in both tackles (135) and sacks (five), with his 1,118 defensive snaps ranking first in the entire league.

January 23, 2018 10:24 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Finishes with career high in tackles, sacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee finished the 2017 season with 94 tackles and three sacks.

Lee's playing time greatly increased from his rookie season, and he paid it off by racking up 21 more tackles and two more sacks. He was consistent for the Jets throughout the season and even reached double-digit tackles twice. Davis is signed through the 2019 season, and there's every reason to believe he'll be back in the middle of the Jets' defense next season.

December 3, 2017 05:48 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Absence due to team rules violation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee did not play in Week 13's game against the Chiefs due to a violation of team rules, Andy Vasquez of New Jersey's The Record reports.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Lee was late for practice, resulting in his inactivity. The punishment for the violation should not carry into Week 14, but check up on Lee's status in the coming days to confirm his clearance.

December 3, 2017 07:16 PM
Jets' Darron Lee: Ruled out for Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lee has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs due to a coach's decision, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Lee's inactive designation comes as a surprise this week, and Jets coach Todd Bowles is expected to address the decision following the conclusion of the game. In the meantime, Julian Stanford and Bruce Carter figure to see additional reps at inside linebacker next to usual starter Demario Davis.

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