NY Jets news: Budda Baker trade, Braden Mann claimed, Quinnen Williams extension

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The NY Jets could still be in the market for safety help this offseason, and there might not be a bigger name on the market than Arizona Cardinals star Budda Baker. The five-time Pro Bowler reportedly requested a trade from the Cardinals on Friday.

Baker reportedly informed the Cardinals in February that he either wanted to become the highest-paid safety in football or be traded. Evidently, the Cardinals have no plan to honor that first request.

The Jets could absolutely use a player like Baker in their secondary, although it's likely he would want to rework his deal as part of a trade. Even if he isn't demanding to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL, it seems unlikely that Joe Douglas is willing to spend that kind of money on a safety.

Perhaps Douglas' roster-building philosophy has shifted with the Jets' all-in approach this offseason. If not, I wouldn't expect the Jets to pursue Baker, despite the fact that he would certainly provide a massive upgrade.

Other NY Jets news

Braden Mann claimed off waivers

The Jets officially released punter Braden Mann earlier this week after three lackluster seasons with the organization. He wasn't out of work for long, however.

The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed Mann off waivers on Friday as the former sixth-round pick will likely compete with the incumbent Pressley Harvin III for the team's punter job.

Mann's inconsistencies have been a notable issue over the last three years, and his fate was likely sealed when the Jets brought back Thomas Morstead last month.

Morstead will be the Jets' punter in 2023. As for Mann, he'll hope to stick around with the Steelers in a potentially wide-open punter competition this summer.

Quinnen Williams shares an update on his extension talks

Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is one of a number of NFL stars competing in the 'The Catch' saltwater fishing tournament in Miami this week. He caught up with reporters before the event to discuss how his offseason has been going.

Williams shared an update on his current contract talks when speaking to reporters...and that update was that there is no update. The All-Pro defensive tackle insisted that he was just enjoying his offseason and working out, telling reporters to defer to his agent about extension conversations.

He did go on to express his excitement for the upcoming season, indicating that he is looking forward to seeing the progress of some of the younger players on the roster.

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It doesn't seem as though a Williams extension is imminent, but as long as the two sides work out a deal before training camp begins, everything should be fine.