Jets made smart move not trading for Alvin Kamara

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 20: Running back Alvin Kamara
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 20: Running back Alvin Kamara /

The New York Jets had an opportunity to make a trade for running back Alvin Kamara but ultimately decided against it. It was a smart decision.

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan had a deal on the table to trade up to get Tennessee Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara, who ended up being drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Maccagnan pulled the plug because it included a second round pick in 2018. It was a smart move.

The Jets are holding steadfast to their mantra of build through the NFL Draft, and even though technically this would’ve fallen under that mantra, it kind of wasn’t. The Jets want to accumulate as many picks as possible to be able to afford mistakes in a hit-and-miss system.

As many people know, the NFL Draft is a crapshoot. Having more draft picks allows you to hit on more players, because there are more players available to you.

Manish Mehta of the New York Post was the first to break this story:

Sources: Jets wanted to make draft-day play for RB Alvin Kamara; Maccagnan took safe route/didn't want to pay price

— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 22, 2017

Some say this is a bad thing, and that it may fragment the organization. Mehta even said that people within Florham Park are still mad at the situation.

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Jets fans should applaud Maccagnan for not making the deal. Not only because it’s good for the future, but because doing so would mess up the entire process that has begun.

Maccagnan has a philosophy, and he’s sticking to that philosophy. Whether it works or not will be determined by the outcome, not by one player who wasn’t drafted by the team. It’s way too early to tell if it has or hasn’t worked.

It’s not a sign of dysfunction within the Jets. It’s a sign that the man in charge is sticking to something he believes in. That’s a good sign. Maccagnan isn’t giving up on his philosophy. Let’s see if it works.

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