NY Jets news: Jets tried to trade for A.J. Brown, another assistant coach gone?

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The NY Jets made every effort to trade for a star wide receiver last offseason, but they never quite managed to land the big-name wideout they were targeting. It wasn't due to a lack of trying, though.

From Tyreek Hill to Deebo Samuel, the Jets' wide receiver pursuits were well documented last offseason, but one new name has joined that list: Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown.

Brown recently revealed on the Raw Room Podcast that both the Jets and Kansas City Chiefs attempted to trade for him a year ago before the Eagles sealed the deal. I'd say the end result worked out for everyone involved.

The Chiefs won a Super Bowl without Brown. The Eagles landed their superstar wide receiver. The Jets pivoted to the draft where they added Garrett Wilson. Everyone wins, well, except for the Tennessee Titans.

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Jets could lose assistant special teams coach Leon Washington

The Jets have seen some pretty significant coaching staff turnover this offseason, and that turnover might not be done yet. Assistant special teams coordinator Leon Washington reportedly interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for their vacant special teams coordinator position on Wednesday.

Washington joined the Jets in that role in 2021 under new head coach Robert Saleh, and he's worked alongside Brant Boyer to help the Jets' special teams unit find plenty of success over the last two seasons.

Of course, Washington is best known for his nine years as a running back and return specialist in the NFL, the first four of which were spent with the Jets.

The Jets appeared to be done with their coaching staff makeover when they added new wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni this week, but the Browns might force them to change their plans.

Could the Jets target Robert Woods and/or Taylor Lewan?

The Titans released a pair of veterans on Wednesday who could garner some interest around the NFL. Both wide receiver Robert Woods and longtime left tackle Taylor Lewan could even be targets for the Jets.

Woods saw his production decline in the Titans' run-heavy offense last season, but he was one of the more productive receivers in football from 2018 to 2020 before a torn ACL cut his 2021 season short.

The Jets could be looking for wide receiver help with the team expected to move on from Corey Davis and possibly Braxton Berrios. Woods makes some sense, especially given his familiarity with new passing game coordinator Todd Downing.

As for Lewan, it might make sense on the surface for the Jets to acquire the three-time Pro Bowler, but his sour relationship with new offensive line coach Keith Carter would be an obstacle.

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On top of that, Lewan has dealt with significant injury issues and could even opt to retire. Woods probably makes more sense as a target for the Jets.