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NY Jets: 5 players that could be traded at the deadline

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4. Nathan Shepherd, DT, NY Jets

Before you start questioning what team would consider trading for Nathan Shepherd, just remember that the Jets managed to get something for Jordan Willis last year.

Willis was a healthy scratch in five of the seven weeks he spent with the Jets in 2020 including the last four weeks before he was traded.

If the Jets could get something for him, they could get something for anyone.

Shepherd makes sense as both a player the Jets would be looking to move and someone who, in theory, could provide additional defensive tackle depth to a team in need.

A former third-round pick, Shepherd has never broken out as anything more than a rotational defensive lineman and is likely in his last year with the team.

Shepherd will be a free agent at the end of the season limiting any trade value he has to nothing more than a future late-Day 3 pick or a swap of Day 3 picks.

But he's a proven, quality rotational defensive tackle who's playing 30-40 percent of defensive snaps on one of the deepest defensive lines in football.

There's some value there, and trading Shepherd would open up a game-day role for rookie sixth-round pick Jonathan Marshall who has played just nine defensive snaps this season.

If the Jets can get anything of value for Shepherd, they should jump at the offer.

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