NY Jets’ head coach Adam Gase said that the Quinnen Williams trade rumors are “false.”
NY Jets‘ defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has found himself the subject of plenty of trade chatter over the last couple of days. But on Wednesday, the organization sought to shut down any talk of a possible trade.
Head coach Adam Gase spoke to reporters prior to Wednesday’s practice and he was asked about the rumors that surfaced yesterday insisting that the Jets were “shopping” their young defensive lineman.
Gase was quick to refuse the report from Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News stating that “There’s nothing to that. It’s false.”
Mehta was the first to report that the Jets were “shopping” Williams on Tuesday, but in the hours after his report, numerous others came out with conflicting reports suggesting that wasn’t the case.
The likes of Rich Cimini, Connor Hughes, and Brian Costello all reported that the Jets were not, in fact, shopping Williams. Hughes did later say that the team could move him for an exuberant package, but that they certainly aren’t looking to trade him.
Gase seemed to agree with those other reports and suggested that he and general manager Joe Douglas sat down to talk with Wiliams’ agent to clear the air and insist that the rumors were completely untrue.
So are the NY Jets actually trying to trade Quinnen Williams?
Personally, it seems as though Mehta’s report of the Jets “shopping” Williams was a bit exaggerated — color me surprised.
The most likely scenario is that the Jets are open to trading Williams — as they are pretty much everyone on the roster not named Mekhi Becton — but that they certainly aren’t calling teams looking for a taker.
Given how well Williams has played this season, it would be foolish to move him for anything other than a massive trade haul including a first-round pick at a bare minimum.
The former No. 3 overall pick has improved drastically as both a pass-rusher and run-defender with Pro Football Focus grades north of 70.0 in both categories.
His pressure and run-stop statistics are comparable to some of the league’s best interior defensive linemen such as DeForest Buckner and Calais Campbell.
And at just 22-years-old with the arrow pointing up, it would be downright idiotic for the Jets to part ways with Williams for anything short of an absolute haul.
The Jets’ organization (hopefully) seems to agree with that sentiment.