The New York Jets are one of the top teams that could land Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack. The Raiders star defensive phenom is holding out and it appears that he may miss the beginning of the season. Reports have Mack seeking a record deal that includes at least $65 million guaranteed.
Surely, trading for Khalil Mack finally gives the New York Jets a bona fide pass rusher, including one of the top run defenders in the NFL. In 2015, the fifth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft made the first team, All-Pro team.
Uniquely, the very first player ever to be named as a first-team All-Pro while playing two different positions, defensive end and outside linebacker. In his four years, Mack has earned three Pro Bowls, two All-Pro awards as well as being named 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.
Adding Mack would without question catapult Gang Green as one of the top defenses in the league, which clearly makes acquiring Mack via trade a huge pro. Defensive end Leonard Williams and the Jets revamped secondary would flourish adding Mack to the defense as he’d turn the entire unit into a formidable force against any opposing offenses.
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Furthermore, the 2017 Jets defense will significantly increase their substantially abysmal defensive statistic categories. 28th in sacks (28), 28th in forced fumbles (10), 20th in interceptions (11) and 14th against the run (106 Yards/ Game).
One of the biggest cons of trying to trade for Mack, of course, is the compensation it would take in order to acquire his services.
Former Philadelphia Eagles president and Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner told CBS’s, Joel Corry:
“I think the range is a 1, 3 and 7 on the low end to two 1s on the high end. A lot also depends on how high the 1 is. Maybe it’s a 1 and 2 if it’s fairly high, or two 1s if it’s lower,” said Banner. “Maybe a team would be smart to include a 1 with a quality player. Or a 1, a middle pick and a quality player. He (Mack) is as good or better than any of the players we have seen involved in these kinds of trades.
New York owns a 1st round pick in 2019 but not a 2nd as they used that in a draft day deal to acquire quarterback Sam Darnold. As a result, the Mack trade will have a substantial effect on the youth movement for at least another year.
With breaking news of the Jets trading Teddy Bridgewater and a 6th round pick for a 3rd round pick, it is apparent they now have what it takes to make a trade with Oakland for their superstar defensive stud.
If the Jets do trade for Mack it will consequently leave the Jets without a 2019 draft pick in the first two rounds. With the Bridgewater trade, they now have additionally added at least one 3rd rounder they could possibly use in next year’s draft, considering that Oakland will intend to receive a first and a third back in compensation.
So yes, the up and coming Jets should make the deal for the three-time Pro-Bowler. With this Bridgewater trade, they look to certainly be ready to offer whatever it takes to land one of the premier defensive players in the league.