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The NY Jets could move these three surprising players before the November 3rd trade deadline.
The NY Jets and the rest of the NFL are just over 24 hours away from the official trade deadline, at least at the time of writing. At 4 p.m. ET on November 3rd, teams will no longer be permitted to trade with other franchises.
But until that time, everything is fair game.
The Jets have already undergone their fair share of roster overhaul releasing running back Le’Veon Bell and trading away the likes of Steve McLendon, Jordan Willis, and Avery Williamson in recent days.
Williamson’s departure came late last night with the Jets sending the veteran linebacker to the Pittsburgh Steelers for an exchange of future draft picks.
As Williamson said a few weeks back, “no one is safe.” And boy did he turn out to be 100 percent correct.
Sure, the Jets probably aren’t going to trade Mekhi Becton. And the same is likely true for someone like Denzel Mims. But that doesn’t mean that any and every trade that is announced prior to Tuesday’s deadline will be completely expected.
Jets fans might very well be surprised by a player or two who the Jets send packing. Because again, as Williamson said, “no one is safe.”
Let’s take a look at three surprising players who the Jets could trade.
Next: 3. Marcus Maye
3. Marcus Maye, S, NY Jets
Expectations were sky-high for Marcus Maye entering the 2020 season. Following the departure of Jamal Adams, Maye was expected to immediately step up in place of the disgruntled superstar and even fill his role.
The results in the summer were promising, but with the exception of a standout Week 1 performance, it became clear that Maye was never going to be the same player that Adams was.
Fortunately, since returning to his natural free safety position, Maye has once again shined and looked the part of one of the best center-field safeties in the NFL.
One would think that this would have his trade value soaring, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reporting last week that there was not much leaguewide interest in the talented safety.
Maye is currently in the last year of his rookie contract and will likely be demanding a significant pay raise in the offseason. For that reason, it’s fair to assume why his trade value isn’t what it could be.
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It’s unclear what the Jets would be willing to pay to keep Maye around for the future. He’s a good player, but is he going to be worth what he’s asking for this offseason? That’s a question that Joe Douglas and the Jets will have to answer.
Maye makes sense as a trade candidate given his expiring contract, but there doesn’t seem to be a ton of interest. However, if a team comes calling with a good offer in the final few hours, the Jets might just pounce and accept the deal.
Next: 2. Jamison Crowder
2. Jamison Crowder, WR, NY Jets
The Jets have enough wide receiver issues as it is to be actively shopping their most talented and consistent skill position player. That being said, the Jets are looking to add draft capital in seemingly every way.
And few established players on the roster hold as much value as Jamison Crowder.
Crowder has battled injuries this season, but when he’s been on the field, he’s played like one of the best slot receivers in the NFL. The 27-year-old has topped 100 yards in three of four games this season and is averaging over seven catches per game.
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Simply put, Crowder has been nothing short of spectacular. What’s more, is that he still has another year remaining on his deal next season — albeit worth a pretty hefty $11.5 million with $0 guarantees.
Still, the Jets are trying to fill holes on offense, not create new ones. And for that reason, it’s hard to see them moving Crowder for anything other than a pretty substantial return.
But if a team desperate for receiver help comes offering a second-round pick, it would be pretty difficult for the Jets to turn that down.
The Jets aren’t going to just give Crowder away, but he’s far from an untouchable commodity either. And while it would be surprising, it isn’t out of the question that he could find a new home within the next 36 or so hours.
Next: 1. Quinnen Williams
1. Quinnen Williams, DL, NY Jets
The Quinnen Williams trade rumors aren’t exactly what they’ve been made out to be. By seemingly all accounts, the Jets aren’t looking to trade Williams. Not even close.
Moreover, the suggestion that they’d be willing to bite on trade offers starting with a second-round pick is downright laughable. The bottom line is that the Jets won’t be trading Williams unless they receive a significant haul in return.
But where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And the Jets trading Williams shouldn’t be ruled out just yet either.
The former No. 3 overall pick is in the midst of a true breakout season following a disappointing rookie campaign. Williams has improved dramatically as both a run-defender and pass-rusher leading all defensive linemen in run stops.
He’s been nothing short of phenomenal and at just 22-years-old, it would be foolish of the Jets to move him for anything short of a massive return starting with a first-round pick at a bare minimum.
Thankfully, at least according to recent reports, the Jets seem to agree with that notion.
But that doesn’t mean that they won’t bite if the offer presents itself. Williams wasn’t a Joe Douglas selection and Douglas has shown that he isn’t afraid to jump at offers that he thinks are too good to pass up — see the Jamal Adams trade.
Williams is a core building block of the Jets’ organization. But every player has a price — and his price might just be met before tomorrow’s deadline.