NY Jets nearly traded for two star wide receivers before the draft

NY Jets, Deebo Samuel
NY Jets, Deebo Samuel / Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets were connected to various rumors surrounding a few star wide receivers this offseason, and it sure seems as though those rumors had some validity to them.

Whether it was Tyreek Hill, Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, or A.J. Brown, the Jets popped up in the rumor mill whenever any big-name receiver was the subject of trade speculation. That's because the Jets were legitimately interested in adding a star playmaker this offseason.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported on Monday that the Jets were pretty interested in two specific receivers this offseason, that being Samuel and Brown. Of course, their pursuit of Hill was hardly a secret either — they nearly secured a deal for him prior to the draft.

Cimini insisted that the Jets "made an offer" for Samuel and that they "looked into" a trade for Brown before he was dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles on draft day.

Ultimately, the Jets weren't able to trade for any star wide receiver, but they're hoping they landed one of their own in 10th overall pick Garrett Wilson.

The NY Jets hope that Garrett Wilson can be their very own (cheap) star receiver

The Jets clearly made it a priority to improve their offensive supporting cast around young quarterback Zach Wilson. Looking to right the prior wrongs they made with Sam Darnold, general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets were determined to surround Wilson with as much talent as possible.

They revamped their tight end room signing C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin before adding local Long Island product Jeremy Ruckert in the third round of the draft. They signed Pro Bowl guard Laken Tomlinson in free agency. They drafted running back Breece Hall with their first in the second round.

The result is an offensive supporting cast that should legitimately be able to compete with capable quarterback play. However, the one thing the Jets weren't able to do was add that superstar receiver.

It wasn't due to a lack of trying, though. That much is clear. The Jets made an offer for Hill and Samuel and seemed to be very interested in Brown.

Evidently, it just wasn't meant to be, but that doesn't mean the Jets didn't significantly improve their receiver room following the addition of Garrett Wilson. The team is four-deep at the position which is more than they've been able to say in years.

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The Jets may not have landed the flashy, big-name superstar receiver this offseason. But it's safe to say that they still boast a very talented wide receiver room.