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NY Jets ‘having trade discussions involving Jordan Jenkins’

NY Jets, Jordan Jenkins (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Jordan Jenkins (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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The NY Jets are reportedly engaged in trade discussions involving Jordan Jenkins.

The NY Jets have already been fairly active on the trade market over the past couple of weeks, but they may not be done just yet. And the player who could be on the move this time is outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins.

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reported on Tuesday that the Jets were “having trade discussions involving Jenkins” just over an hour before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

This came shortly after Mehta reported that the Jets were shopping tight end Chris Herndon, another player who’s had a disappointing 2020 season.

Mehta indicated that the asking price for Jenkins has been too high to this point, but the Jets may be willing to come down with time running out.

The 26-year-old Jenkins is currently the longest-tenured player on the team having joined the organization as a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

A well-respected member of the locker room, Jenkins has never been more than an average starter at best, but it was still surprising to see him return to the organization in the offseason on just a one-year, $5 million contract.

Following two consecutive seasons of seven or more sacks, Jenkins was clearly hedging his future on a standout 2020 season. Unfortunately, that hasn’t exactly gone according to plan.

Jordan Jenkins has been a disappointment for the NY Jets in 2020.

Through eight games, Jenkins has managed just one sack and a shockingly-low nine total tackles. Tackles aren’t always the best indicator of success, but Jenkins has definitely been awfully quiet this year.

His ugly 52.3 Pro Football Focus grade ranks 99th out of just 113 qualified edge rushers meaning that he’s barely even played at a backup-caliber-level. He’s been ineffective as both a pass-rusher and in run defense and is on pace for the worst season of his career.

Not ideal for a playing looking for a bigger payday in the offseason. And also not ideal for a Jets team looking to receive any value in return.

Jenkins is a good locker-room guy and has put together decent production in the past, but clearly this is a situation where another team would be buying low.

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Nonetheless, it’s hardly surprising to see him on the trade block with under an hour to go until the deadline.

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