8 players the NY Jets gave up on way too soon

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4. Santana Moss, WR

They say hindsight is 20/20, and that's very much the case when revisiting the trade that sent Santana Moss to Washington in exchange for former/future Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles.

Coles had some good years in his second stint with the Jets, but he topped 1,000 yards just once and lasted only four seasons with the team. As for Moss, he fared quite a bit better in Washington.

Moss finished second in the entire NFL in receiving in his first year away from the Jets and recorded nearly 8,000 yards over 10 seasons with Washington. That includes three seasons with over 1,000 yards.

The Jets felt that Moss was underachieving at the time, and that may have been the case, but he certainly found more success after he was traded. No respect to the legend that is Laveranues Coles, but the Jets clearly lost this trade.

3. Demario Davis, LB

The Jets had not one but two opportunities to see Demario Davis' talent and lock him up long-term. Alas, it wasn't until Davis joined the New Orleans Saints that his career finally took off.

A third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Davis spent the first four years of his career in New York before he signed with the Cleveland Browns. After one year with the Browns, Davis rejoined the Jets in a trade that sent former first-round pick Calvin Pryor to Cleveland.

Davis would spend just one more season with the Jets before leaving again, this time to sign with the Saints. In five seasons with the Saints, Davis has been named to an All-Pro team four times and has developed into one of the NFL's best linebackers.

An on and off-field leader, Davis has been the heart and soul of the Saints' defense for years. The Jets just couldn't find a way to maximize his talent.