5 star players the NY Jets could trade for this offseason

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3. The NY Jets could trade for Myles Jack

When identifying potential trade partners, one of the best bets is to search for franchises entering a transitional phase. The Jacksonville Jaguars are about to enter another one, and with any regime change, changes to the roster are sure to follow.

Only a handful of linebackers fit the Jets' new defensive scheme perfectly. Myles Jack is one of them. The position of linebacker on the Jets requires every-down players who can cover a lot of ground.

Jack checks off the boxes in this criteria, and he has experience playing in the type of system the Jets have, having played as a rookie under Robert Saleh when he was coaching linebackers for the Jaguars on Gus Bradley's staff.

Still only 26-years-old with two more years left on his current deal, Jacksonville and Jack could be looking to part ways. This past season, Jack was stripped of his play-calling duties on the field, and he struggled at times adjusting to playing in Joe Cullen's 3-4 defense.

With Jack set to carry a $13 million cap hit — and $4.8 million in dead money — in 2022, Jacksonville may look to move a player it no longer views as a defensive centerpiece. And if Joe Douglas calls with a suitable offer, Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke might be willing to listen.

The Jets have uncertainty at linebacker and at best, their group in 2021 produced mixed results. C.J. Mosely was one of the team's most consistent and best leaders, but he had his fair share of struggles, transitioning from being a thumping style linebacker inside of a 3-4 to a roaming player all over the field in the 4-3.

Mosley could and should be back in 2022, but New York needs to find long-term solutions at the position. The team could roll the dice on their young group again or spend high-end draft capital at linebacker in the draft.

But why not entertain trading for a sure thing in Myles Jack? Perhaps Jack can have the same impact in his prime, in his second pro stop, that former Jets linebackers Demario Davis and Jonathan Vilma had when they departed the green and white.