NY Jets news: Lamar Jackson trade, Mekhi Becton weight loss, OC interviews

Justin Fried
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The NY Jets are searching for a solution for the quarterback position this offseason, and maybe, just maybe, that solution can come in the form of Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Rumors continue to swirl regarding Jackson's future in Baltimore, but on Sunday, perhaps the most concrete report that he could be traded this offseason came out.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that NFL executives he's spoken to "strongly expect" the Ravens to tag and trade Jackson this offseason. La Canfora has been notably hit or miss on reports in the past, but a report of this magnitude is still worth mentioning.

Jackson opted not to travel with the Ravens for their playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, yet another indication that he's on the outs with the organization.

As the days go by, it seems less and less likely that Jackson plays another game with the Ravens. If that's the case, expect the Jets to be one of the teams at the top of the list of potential suitors this offseason.

Other NY Jets news

Mekhi Becton's weight loss

Mekhi Becton spoke to reporters last week and discussed his future with the Jets organization. Becton appeared slim and spoke as if he was more motivated than ever to return to the field and prove that he deserves a starting spot on the Jets' offensive line in 2023.

ESPN's Rich Cimini followed up on Becton's media session, reporting that Becton had lost 15 pounds in the last two weeks and is down to 370 pounds. The former first-round pick reportedly weighed as much as 400 pounds at one point last offseason.

That weight loss is only a part of the change in attitude for Becton. The former Louisville star plans to train in New Jersey this offseason instead of Dallas where he spent last spring working out. He's also changed agencies and plans to attend voluntary OTAs this year after missing out in 2022 due to the birth of his son.

Becton has played in just one game since his promising rookie season and the Jets likely can't rely on him as a starter in 2023. At this point, however, anything they can get from the former 11th overall pick is gravy.

The talent is there, Becton just needs to prioritize his health and find a way to stay on the field.

Jets interview Marcus Brady

The Jets reportedly interviewed their second official offensive coordinator candidate on Sunday in the form of former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady.

This comes a couple of days after the team interviewed Philadelphia Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reported that the Jets plan to interview New England Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley this week.

Brady is a former CFL quarterback who spent nine years coaching in the CFL before joining the Colts in 2018. He was eventually promoted to the role of offensive coordinator in 2021, but he was fired a little over a year later after the team's sluggish start to the 2022 season.

Brady has been with the Eagles as an offensive consultant since late November where he's worked closely with Jalen Hurts among others.

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The Eagles connection with general manager Joe Douglas is obvious, which is why it should come as no surprise that the first two interviews the Jets have conducted are with Eagles assistants. You can bet that Douglas and Howie Roseman have been in contact.

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