3 early trade targets for the NY Jets in the 2022 offseason

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3. NY Jets trade target: Marcus Peters, CB, Baltimore Ravens

The Jets went the cheap, youthful route at cornerback in 2021 opting to roll with Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry, and a trio of Day 3 picks at the position. The results have been mixed, to say the least.

While Hall has emerged as one of the team's best defensive players, the Jets have struggled to find a capable starter opposite him, which is to be expected. Neither Brandin Echols nor Guidry has established themselves as players who should be penciled in as starters in 2022.

Expect the Jets to target the position again in the offseason. Bur rather than turn to the draft or free agency, perhaps they could explore the trade market.

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters is a name that's been brought up in trade rumors with the flashy ballhawk entering the final year of his contract in 2022. The Jets could at least sniff around and see what the Ravens' asking price might be.

Peters would be a perfect complement to Hall and give the Jets the playmaker this turnover-starved defense needs. You'd be hard-pressed to find many cornerbacks with better ball skills than Peters who has 31 interceptions and six defensive touchdowns in six NFL seasons.

Now, Peters does turn 29-years-old in 2022 and will carry a cap hit of over $15 million so it's fair to wonder if he would fit into the Jets' plans. But I wouldn't expect him to cost much as a result, especially with him coming off a torn ACL.

It may not be the most likely option, but it's hard to argue that this Jets defense isn't desperate for a player like Peters. Perhaps Douglas surprises everyone and makes an aggressive move like this one.