NY Jets: A realistic trade option to patch up the wide receiver position

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With the NY Jets desperate for wide receiver help, they should consider the following trade.

We’ve seen this movie before. The NY Jets were decimated by injuries in 2019, so much so that they were second in the NFL in total cap space designated to injured reserve.

This isn’t something the team hasn’t dealt with before. Since Adam Gase had arrived at Florham Park, injuries have taken the Jets by storm.

It got so bad that by the end of last season the team had decided to move on from long-tenured head trainer John Mellody. Who knows if Mellody was really at fault — injuries happen. But, 2019 was out of the ordinary.

Now that Vyncint Smith will likely miss a portion of the regular season, it isn’t out of the question to bring in (or trade for) a proven receiver to pair alongside Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims.

Mims, by the way, isn’t expected to miss much more time. Connor Hughes of The Athletic predicts Denzel Mims to return “within of week”.

The NY Jets should trade for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

His name has been floating around quite a bit since the injuries at the wide receiver position have been piling up for the Jets, but this isn’t a crazy thought.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is slated to be a free agent at the end of this season as his rookie contract will be coming to an end. Smith-Schuster will be 24 by that time, and the vast majority of his NFL career will still be in front of him.

The Jets should make a move. And they should make a move now.

Not only would this help New York, but it would help Pittsburgh, too. The Steelers are strapped for cap space as they’re set to have plenty of impact players hitting the free-agent market in March, including Smith-Schuster.

Trade value, you ask?

I would assume the Jets would cough up a second, and a fourth-round pick for the big-bodied playmaker out of USC. This isn’t even to mention that he took the field with quarterback Sam Darnold at his alma mater.

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The Jets should consider this, not only to patch the position, but to compete in 2020.