The NY Jets are heading for what many might consider to be a make-or-break offseason. In his third full offseason with the organization, general manager Joe Douglas is going to have to make the additions necessary for the team to legitimately compete for a playoff spot in 2022.
While the foundation has been laid, the results will need to improve if Douglas is going to stay off the hot seat. That could push him to be a bit more aggressive than in the past.
Douglas has enforced a strict philosophy of building through the draft and with young players in free agency. That philosophy is wise for a rebuilding roster looking to lay the groundwork, but to take that next step, teams oftentimes need to do a little more.
Take a team like the Buffalo Bills for example. Apart from using the draft to build around Josh Allen, they explored other avenues and allowed him to reach his true potential. No move proved to be more impactful than the trade for Stefon Diggs.
The Jets could look to use the Bills as a model for how they should approach their rebuilding process. And what if they decided to pull off a Diggs-like trade in an attempt to continue building around Zach Wilson?
Who might they target? Well, one name became pretty apparent when it was reported on Wednesday that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley could be looking for a "fresh start."
Let's take a closer look at Ridley and three other wide receivers that make sense as realistic trade targets for the Jets this offseason.