According to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano, Johnson justified the decision by saying signing Suh "wasn't in keeping with our long-term plan".
Ndamukong Suh's free-agency carousel remains one of the dominant storylines of the National Football League offseason. A one-two punch of Suh, a three-time All-Pro, and Aaron Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, surely would wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines.
"I don't normally talk about discussions with players and contracts", Maccagnan said.
On Friday, Yahoo Sports's Jordan Schultz reported that Suh told him the Jets had "emerged as a serious contender" for his services, along with the Rams, Saints and Titans.
Johnson, though, said on Sunday that "our thinking just changed a bit" on Suh. "That's where I have to leave it". He also canceled a visit with the Oakland Raiders. It was, in effect, a take-it-or-leave-it one-year proposal with a reasonable deadline.More news: 'Black Panther' Becomes Highest-Grossing Superhero Movie of All Time in US
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The Rams appear to be the leader in the clubhouse for Suh now.
Johnson attempted, per Cimini, to make it clear that he didn't tell anyone to bail on the Suh contract, but that it was a mutual decision.
On the other hand, Maccagnan and Bowles, who both joined the Jets in 2015, have plenty of reason to feel like they are on the collective hot seat, and thus they might be interested in a player who could help them get a crucial extra win or two.
Maccagnan didn't say this Monday, but the Jets were displeased that Suh publicly stated they had offered him the most money.
"We came away impressed with just the human being", McVay said, via the Los Angeles Times.