The Jets went on a spending spree this offseason, handing out over $120M in guaranteed money. The roster if far from set with the draft nearing.
Even with all the spending, the roster has plenty of holes to fill. The Jets only have six picks in this year’s draft and are reportedly open to moving back in order to accumulate more picks.
“Right now, we feel good at No. 3, but I’d definitely say if there’s an opportunity to trade down, we would absolutely look at it,” GM Mike Maccagnan said.
Last year, the Jets moved from No. 6 to No. 3 in order to select QB Sam Darnold. QB-needy teams like the Giants (No. 6) and Redskins (No. 15) are potential suitors for the No. 3 overall pick. It is worth noting that the Jets and Giants haven’t traded with each other since 1983.
Meanwhile, a former Jets first-round pick is believed to available via trade.
Rich Cimini of ESPN senses that the Jets will shop LB Darron Lee.
Earlier this month, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the team is ready to move on from Lee if they can find an upgrade on the open market.
The Jets did just that by signing former Ravens LB CJ Mosley to a massive 5-year, $85M deal in free agency.
If no teams are interested in trading for Lee, Cimini says the team could hold on to him and hope a deal surfaces before the start of the 2019 season.
Lee, 24, was suspended for the final 4 games of 2018 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft.
He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $10.2M deal and is set to make a base salary of $1.8M in 2019. The Jets will have until the first week of May to decide if they want to exercise Lee’s 5th year option for 2020.
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