Former NY Jets WR Elijah Moore slammed for being a 'crybaby'

Elijah Moore is shining in Browns training camp, but that didn't stop this writer from calling him out in a wild headline
NY Jets, Elijah Moore
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When the NY Jets agreed to trade former second-round pick Elijah Moore to the Cleveland Browns this offseason, it was a move that was made in the best interest of both sides.

Moore had requested a trade a few months earlier and was clearly looking for a change of scenery. The Jets were not pleased with the way Moore handled his trade request and managed to secure an important Day 2 pick swap in exchange for a player who no longer looked like a long-term piece.

The relationship had soured — clearly to the point of no return. Both sides are happy to have moved on. But while Moore and the Jets may have moved forward, others haven't. writer Cayden Steele recently published an article that referred to Moore as the "ex-Jets crybaby who quit on them" in the headline. That's quite the choice of words.

The story of the article was to detail how Moore continues to shine for his new team in Cleveland this summer, but Steele made sure to take a few shots along the way. After all, Moore's unforeseen trade request didn't sit right with many around the Jets organization.

Former NY Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore is impressing with the Browns

Following a thrilling 4-2 start to the 2022 season and fresh off a dominant 27-10 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, Moore officially requested a trade from the team.

Moore was previously seen as the Jets' No. 2 wide receiver and a potential building block of the future. While his targets had been limited early in the season, the Jets' offense was still clicking, due in part to the emergence of players like Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall.

Winning wasn't important to Moore, however. He was upset with his lack of targets, and he made sure everyone in the Jets' organization knew it.

What followed was a temporary benching, as Moore never really regained his role in the offense. After playing 85 percent or more of the Jets' offensive snaps in each of the first four games of the season, Moore would play over 80 percent of his team's snaps in just one game the rest of the way.

When the Jets traded him this past March, it hardly came as a surprise. Now, Moore is making a strong first impression with his new team. Moore's new quarterback, Deshaun Watson, even took shots at the Jets this spring, calling Moore's situation with Gang Green last season "toxic."

Despite Moore's impressive summer, the Jets likely aren't having any second thoughts. The team is very confident in their receiver room entering the 2023 season, and more importantly, that Day 2 pick swap allowed the team to trade for Aaron Rodgers and draft Wisconsin center Joe Tippmann.

Elijah Moore is happy with his new team. The Jets are happy with their current situation. Everyone should be happy. But to many Jets fans, however, Moore will always be the "crybaby who quit on his team."