NY Jets: Gauging what it would cost to land Trent Williams in a trade

NY Jets, Trent Williams (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Trent Williams (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets are reportedly very interested in Washington Redkins offensive tackle Trent Williams. But what would it cost to land the veteran offensive lineman?

The NY Jets are expected to do everything they can this offseason to fix their offensive line after what was a disastrous 2019 season. One veteran name who could be of service to the team is Trent Williams.

Williams is one of the many offensive linemen available to the Jets this offseason in one way or another. Simply put, if you’re a team needing offensive line help, this offseason should provide ample opportunity to fix that need.

Players like Jack Conklin, Joe Thuney, and Brandon Scherff headline a star-studded and deep offensive line class of free agents. Meanwhile, as many as four offensive tackles are expected to be selected in the top-12 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Both free agency and the draft should give the Jets a myriad of avenues to explore as they look to revamp their offensive line. However, trading for the aforementioned Trent Williams could be the outside-the-box upgrade the team is in need of.

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Williams has long been one of the very best offensive tackles in football making seven straight Pro Bowls from 2012 to 2018 — the most impressive streak in the NFL. Unfortunately, he ran into some trouble with the Washington Redskins last season.

After playing 120 games over nine seasons with the Redskins, Williams missed the entire 2019 season dealing with injury trouble and contract disputes.

The ordeal is too lengthy to rehash, but it’s evident that Williams’ trust for the Redskins organization is gone and it’s honestly a surprise that he’s managed to remain on the roster as long as he has.

It was reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Thursday that the Redskins were giving Williams permission to pursue a trade. This time, it seems like Williams will actually be dealt.

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Connor Hughes of The Athletic reported what was already widely speculated on Friday iterating that the Jets were in fact one of the teams interested in Williams.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given the team’s interest in him last season when he was available at the trade deadline. There’s no question that acquiring a player as talented as Williams would be a massive get for Gang Green.

Sure there are concerns about his age and recent injury trouble, but the last time we saw Williams on the field he was still playing at an elite level. He wouldn’t be a long-term solution, but he should be an immediate difference-maker.

The question, however, comes with how much he would cost the team to acquire.

Last year, the Redskins were reportedly set on receiving a first-round pick and possibly more in return for Williams. Understandably so, no NFL team was willing to part ways with that much draft capital.

This offseason, however, their asking price has expectedly gone down.

Hughes speculates that the Redskins will likely be looking for a second-round pick in return. Would the Jets agree to that price?

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My gut says no, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make something else work.

The Jets have two third-round picks meaning that they will be more than happy to part with one of those if it meant landing Trent Williams. However, that likely wouldn’t be enough to move the needle.

Throwing in an additional 2021 draft pick could do the trick, especially with the Jets having an extra 4th/5th because of the Leonard Willaims trade. But with plenty of other teams reportedly interested, that still might not get it done.

It is worth noting that the Jets’ first third-round pick if the fourth selection in that round meaning that it’s one of the most valuable third-rounders. But if another team offered a second-round pick, that would likely be enough to get it done.

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Trent Williams would be a major splash addition if the Jets could find a way to land him. But the competition will be fierce and the asking price will be high.