McGovern performed admirably, particularly when challenged to operate in the Jets’ favored zone-running system under Mike LaFleur.
Consider that he was working in a new system with a rookie quarterback, a rookie left guard and Greg Van Roten at tight guard. The pass-blocking was a little more difficult. Nobody finds working with this scenario to be simple.
McGovern’s pass protection got better as the season progressed. Just one sack was allowed during his final seven games. If you recall, the Jets replaced Van Roten at right guard with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif toward the end of the season, and Zach Wilson appeared more at ease.
Alijah Vera-Tucker, who will be trying to significantly improve his own pass protection, and prized free-agent addition Laken Tomlinson will be McGovern’s partners this season. It is anticipated that Connor will have a better year as a result of those upgrades.
His contract issue is the one thing that would make me hesitate to name him the most unappreciated Jet. McGovern will earn $10.3 million in 2022, the third-highest salary among centers, as he enters the last year of his contract.
Only Rodney Hudson of the Cardinals and Corey Linsley of the Chargers will earn more money.
How Much Does Connor McGovern Make?
Connor McGovern’s average annual salary is $9,000,000. McGovern’s base salary in 2022 will be $9,000,000, and his cap hit will be $10,333,334