NY Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore has officially requested a trade following what feels like a whirlwind of a 24-hour period. The second-year wideout reportedly had an "outburst" during Thursday's practice which led to him being given what was described as a "personal day."
The Jets sent Moore home hoping that cooler heads would prevail. They didn't. Instead, Moore requested a trade via social media channels and left the Jets stunned with just how quickly the situation deteriorated.
However, despite Moore's request, the Jets don't have any plans to entertain trade offers. And that's the way it should be.
What makes Moore's trade request so bizarre (apart from other reasons) is his overall lack of leverage. With just 17 games and a little over 700 career yards to his name, Moore doesn't exactly have the same leverage that other notable wide receivers who have forced trades in recent months had.
The Jets have no reason to honor his request — nor should they.
The NY Jets have all the leverage in the Elijah Moore situation
Moore's trade request is a result of the second-year wideout's frustration with his usage in the Jets' offense. Moore believes he should be the focal point of the offense and was optimistic that his role would increase upon Zach Wilson's return.
Instead, he's caught just one pass over the last two weeks and wasn't targeted a single time in the Jets' 27-10 win over the Green Bay Packers. His frustration is understandable to some degree, but it's hard to justify the way he's gone about this.
From the Jets' perspective, they're obviously none too pleased with Moore's decision to go public with a trade request. At the same time, they have no intentions of trading him.
Moore still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his rookie contract and it's hard to imagine the Jets would receive anything close to equal value at this stage of the season, especially after this most recent stunt was pulled.
General manager Joe Douglas has never been one to adhere to a player's demands and unload an asset for less than his perceived value. Take the Jamal Adams situation, for instance.
Adams did everything he could to force his way out of New York. He publicly bashed the coaching staff, made loud pleas on social media for a trade, and criticized the front office and organization at every possible moment.
Still, Douglas didn't plan to trade him. That was until the Seattle Seahawks came calling with an offer that was too good to refuse. That's the type of offer the Jets will require to consider moving Moore.
Douglas doesn't trade players for less than their perceived value. He doesn't even typically trade players for their exact market value. He's generally only willing to move on from players for more than he believes they're worth.
It's how he was able to get a fourth-round pick for Chris Herndon and why he refused to trade Denzel Mims this summer for anything less than a fourth. If that was his valuation of Mims, what do you think his valuation of Moore is?
Whatever that valuation is, it's hard to imagine any team paying it.
The Jets have all the leverage in this situation. Moore is under contract for another two-and-a-half years. He doesn't have the accolades of someone like Adams so there isn't as much pressure to move him.
The only leverage Moore has is if he were to make so much noise that the Jets would have no choice but to deal him. But even then, he doesn't have the same All-Pro reputation that Adams did when he was traded. Burning Florham Park to the ground only serves to hurt Moore's trade value and lessen the chance he's moved.
Elijah Moore's trade request feels more like a last-ditch effort to get his point across than a legitimate expectation of transaction. The Jets have no reason to trade Moore barring a ridiculous, lucrative offer.
That's how it is and that's how it should be.