NY Jets: 5 positions to target at the 2021 trade deadline

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5. NY Jets trade target: Safety

No position on the Jets roster has been decimated more by injuries than the safety position this season.

Starting free safety Lamarcus Joyner was injured after just nine plays in Week 1 and was soon after declared out for the season. Marcus Maye has missed the last few weeks with an ankle injury.

And the likes of Ashtyn Davis, Sharrod Neasman, and Adrian Colbert have all missed time with injuries as well. On top of that, there might be some movement at the position come the deadline.

Maye has been at the center of trade rumors dating back to the offseason and it's likely his days with the organization are numbered. If the Jets move Maye, they'll be even thinner at safety than they currently are.

And the future of the position will look just as murky as the present. Unless Davis can show something over the second half of the season, there isn't a long-term answer currently on the roster.

That's why it might make sense for the Jets to acquire a young safety at the deadline, perhaps one that could be a part of their future plans.

Options might be slim, but someone like Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions could make sense. If they really wanted to make a splash, a trade for Houston Texans star Justin Reid would effectively replace Maye would a younger, better version of himself.

But seeing how little Joe Douglas prioritizes the safety position, that likely isn't in the cards. Still, don't rule out the acquisition of some young safety depth at the deadline.