New York Jets: 3 surprising players who could be traded today

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The New York Jets will likely be looking to make at least one additional trade today. But which surprising players could we see the team move before the deadline?

The New York Jets kicked off their trade festivities on Monday when they dealt defensive lineman Leonard Williams to their crosstown rivals, the New York Giants. But they might have a few more tricks up their sleeve before all is set and done.

The 2019 season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan for Gang Green as the team currently sits at just 1-6 with any hopes of a successful season seemingly gone. But that doesn’t mean that they still can’t set themselves up for future success.

Williams was just the tip of the iceberg for players who could be on the move come the deadline at 4:00 p.m. ET later today. The most likely player to be traded appears to be wide receiver Robby Anderson who’s name has been at the center of plenty of trade discussions.

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But while he remains the most probable, there are still a few under-the-radar names who could be dealt for the right trade package.

Let’s take a look at three surprising players who the Jets could trade ahead of today’s deadline.

Next: 3. Ty Montgomery

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3. Ty Montgomery, RB

The Jets have been decimated by injuries this season and an already thin roster has looked even thinner as a result. But one position the Jets have a surprising amount of depth at is running back.

The unit is, of course, led by Le’Veon Bell who despite not receiving much help has been among the team’s best players this season. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know that by just looking at the stat sheet.

However, Bell’s success and bell-cow abilities (no pun intended) haven’t allowed the Jets to make much use of their other running backs. And that’s a shame given the fact that they have two very capable players sitting behind Bell in Ty Mongtomery and Bilal Powell.

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Because of that, it might make sense to try and deal one of the two at the deadline to recoup some assets. Montgomery makes the most sense of the two as he could fit perfectly into a committee and serve as a very effect pass-catching, third-down back.

Powell’s value will likely be lower given his age meaning the Jets are more likely to get something of value in return for Montgomery.

There hasn’t been much chatter surrounding this move but perhaps the Jets could pull off the surprising deal and snag an additional late-round draft pick.

Given how infrequently Montgomery is used, it likely would be for the best if they could find a potential suitor.

Next: 2. Trumaine Johnson

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2. Trumaine Johnson, CB

To say that Trumaine Johnson‘s year-and-a-half stay in New York has been a disappointment would be an understatement.

The Jets resident $72.5 million man has been about as big of a free-agent bust as one could imagine and he very well might be the worst cornerback on the team with the worst cornerback group in the NFL.

At his best, he’s been a passable No. 4 cornerback who lacks the speed necessary to play press-man coverage — something he once excelled at. At his worst, he’s no better than any undrafted rookie you might sign off the streets.

In fact, he might just be worse.

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As one would expect, the Jets are looking to get out of this massive mistaken contract that they’ve handed out. The only problem is finding a team that actually wants to take him.

Johnson has played so poorly that it’s hard to imagine most teams wanting to keep him on the roster even at the veteran’s minimum. But that hasn’t stopped the Jets from reportedly shopping him in hopes of finding a taker.

The team would likely have to eat a large portion of his remaining salary but it would be better than paying him the remaining $50+ million that he is still owed.

The Jets obviously would like to part ways with their struggling veteran, but they need two to tango. Perhaps they could find a team willing to take a chance on Johnson.

Or maybe that just remains a pipe dream.

Next: 1. Marcus Maye

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1. Marcus Maye, S

On the contrary, the Jets have another secondary member who shockingly finds himself at the center of trade talks but for different reasons. Safety Marcus Maye‘s name has come up in trade discussions leaving the future of the third-year pro uncertain.

But unlike Johnson, the Jets might not be so willing to part ways. And also unlike Johnson, there does appear to be a pretty sizable market.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that multiple teams had reached out to the Jets inquiring about the availability of Maye. And to their credit, the report also indicates that the team hasn’t made any indication that they do plan to trade them.

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But money talks and so do draft picks.

Maye is a building block of the Jets defense but he is a bit more expendable than many might think. The Florida product doesn’t play an extremely valuable position and is often overshadowed by Jamal Adams.

In fact, Adams’ presence could expand upon the argument that the team doesn’t need him.

That said, it would be unwise to move on from a young, talented player like Maye unless the trade package is absurd. Maye has finally received a clean bill of health and is in the midst of his best season as a professional.

However, a team like the Dallas Cowboys that is desperate for safety help could be willing to send some serious draft capital in return. Could a second-round pick or more be enough to move the needle? Perhaps an additional late-round/future pick?

Maye’s name is one that was unexpected to hear discussed in trade rumors, but it isn’t as stunning as it may first seem.

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While it remains unlikely, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Jets move Maye for the right deal.