The NY Jets made a pair of moves at the trade deadline this year, sending a conditional Day 3 pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for James Robinson last week and trading Jacob Martin to the Denver Broncos in a pick swap.
But despite his formal request and various trade rumors, Elijah Moore is still a member of the Jets roster. The deadline has come and passed and Moore is still here. It's not as if the Jets didn't have the opportunity to fulfill his request, however.
General manager Joe Douglas spoke to the media on Tuesday and confirmed that the Jets did, in fact, receive calls from teams about a potential trade for Moore. However, the Jets weren't looking to trade their second-year wide receiver.
When asked about the potential trade offers, Douglas responded with an emphatic "Elijah was always going to be a New York Jet." Douglas never had any intentions of trading his team's talented young wideout.
The NY Jets were never going to trade Elijah Moore
Douglas' words are consistent with what the Jets have said since the start of this entire situation. They made it clear from the very beginning that they weren't going to seriously entertain offers for Moore.
A second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Moore officially requested a trade last month citing a lack of usage in the Jets' offense, among other things. He remains unhappy with his role and hasn't shied away from telling the media how he feels.
Moore wants to be used more. He wants to be a featured part of the Jets' offense. He wants to play with a quarterback who can reliably get him the football. Right now, he doesn't feel like he has any of those things in New York.
But despite his unhappiness, the Jets still see Moore as a foundational building block for the future — at least that's the message they've sent publicly. They still believe the relationship can be salvaged.
For that to happen, however, they'll probably need to play him more than the 10 offensive snaps he was on the field for on Sunday.
The Jets had the opportunity to fulfill Elijah Moore's wishes and trade him at the deadline, but it was never something the team was going to consider. Joe Douglas has made that abundantly clear.