Cole’s signature doesn’t necessarily indicate that Jamison Crowder is walking out the door. Cole has the ability to line up outside while Crowder remains in the slot, meaning the two can coexist on New York’s offense.
That said, Crowder’s future with Gang Green looks bleaker now than it did at the start of free agency. The option to cut Crowder and sign JuJu Smith-Schuster is now off the table, but there is still the possibility that Douglas will choose to select a receiver early in the 2021 NFL draft. Such a move would indicate a desire to rejuvenate. in the position, leaving Crowder on the outside looking like a possible salary cap victim.
Crowder has been the Jets’ most consistent wide receiver the last two seasons and would add a lot of value to New York’s passing attack in 2021. However, the closet is a bit fuller now that Cole is on board, and it could get more crowded. . to the point where Crowder finally shows the door.