NY Jets news: Pick 13 for Aaron Rodgers, Jets meet with top DL prospect
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets have been hesitant to include the No. 13 overall pick in any trade package for Aaron Rodgers since the start, and according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that pick has never actually been on the table.
Rapoport joined The Pat McAfee Show on Friday to discuss the latest with Rodgers and the Jets, and he insisted that the Jets were never going to include their 2023 first-round pick in a Rodgers trade.
Now, Rapoport did suggest that the Green Bay Packers could push the Jets to include both pick 42 and 43 in the second round as a way to provide equivalent value. However, that seems unlikely.
The most likely trade compensation remains one 2023 second-round pick and a high conditional 2024 draft pick. Either way, No. 13 has never been a serious consideration, despite the Packers' desires.
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Jets have dinner with USC DL Tuli Tuipulotu
The Jets are doing their homework on the top defensive tackles in this year's draft class, and last week, the team reportedly had dinner with USC defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu, according to The Athletic's Zack Rosenblatt.
At 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, Tuipulotu is a bit of a tweener prospect who projects as a defensive end/defensive tackle hybrid at the next level. He's versatile enough to play all over the defensive line and provides a solid foundation of power and athleticism.
Most see Tuipulotu as an early Day 2 prospect and someone who could be a target for the Jets with one of their two second-round picks.
The Jets have an obvious need at defensive tackle following the departure of Sheldon Rankins and Nathan Shepherd. Tuipulotu can help address that need.
Best/worst moves of Jets free agency
Pro Football Focus recently released an article detailing their favorite and least favorite free agency moves for all 32 NFL teams. For the Jets, PFF praised the trade for Chuck Clark while criticizing the Jets' extension of linebacker Quincy Williams.
The Jets acquired Clark for a 2024 seventh-round pick last month in a deal that was widely considered to be great value for the organization. The soon-to-be 28-year-old has played 100 percent of his team's defensive snaps in each of the last three seasons.
As for Williams, the Jets re-signed him to a three-year, $18 million contract prior to the start of free agency. PFF believes the deal is above market value for a player who has been a below-average linebacker throughout his career.