The NY Jets have reportedly received calls about the possibility of a Quinnen Williams trade.
The NY Jets made headlines this week when they cut ties with star running back Le’Veon Bell. But could another very notable player be on the move soon? The recent rumors about Quinnen Williams insist that may be the case.
Bleacher Report’s Connor Rogers took to Twitter on Thursday to report that the Jets had, indeed, been receiving calls about a possible trade involving their young defensive lineman.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Jets are shopping or even looking to trade him. But as general manager Joe Douglas has insisted in the past, he will field offers for any and all players.
And right now, Quinnen Williams is evidently one of those players.
The third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams was expected to step in as an instant-impact difference-maker on defense. However, an underwhelming rookie season already saw plenty in the fanbase sour on him rather quickly.
To his credit, Williams does look improved this season, both as a pass-rusher and in run defense. He’s making far more splash plays and making a living in opposing teams’ backfields far more frequently than in the past.
Look no further than his impressive two-sack performance back in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. Williams legitimately looked like a dominant player in the game.
The NY Jets need more consistency from Quinnen Williams.
The Jets need more games like that from an individual once-dubbed the most talented player in his draft class. Ultimately, Williams remains far too inconsistent.
But at just 22-years-old, there’s still plenty of time for him to continue developing. Simply put, he’s far from reached his ceiling yet.
It’s important to remember, however, that Williams represents a relic of the previous regime. The former Alabama star was Mike Maccagnan’s parting gift to the Jets’ organization. It’s unclear how committed Douglas is to Williams’ future in New York.
As with any player, Douglas will move Williams for the right price. But it’s impossible to know what that price might be considering we don’t know how highly Douglas thinks of him.
We do know that there were rumors of teams calling for Williams last offseason. As reports go, Douglas apparently shut down those calls insisting that Williams wasn’t for sale.
But could another year have changed his mind? And given the current state of the roster, would he be more inclined to deal him now? It’s impossible to say.
One thing is clear though. And that’s that teams around the league are inquiring about the former first-round pick.
Now let’s see if the Jets bite.