The NY Jets are in the process of trimming their roster down to 53 players prior to Tuesday's deadline and a surprising player might be on the move.
Pro Football Network's Aaron Wilson reported on Monday that the Jets are attempting to trade offensive tackle Chuma Edoga to the Dallas Cowboys. No deal is official just yet, but the two sides appear to be deep in discussions.
A third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Edoga is entering the final year of his rookie contract and has been firmly on the roster bubble for the last two years.
The former USC standout hasn't developed quite like the Jets had hoped and has been rendered a bottom-of-the-roster player in recent seasons. Still, with 24 career games and 12 starts under his belt, perhaps the Cowboys see something in him.
The NY Jets receiving any assets for Chuma Edoga would be a fleece of a trade
It's hard to imagine there's a team out there that wants to trade for Edoga. The 25-year-old tackle is, at best, a fringe backup offensive lineman who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
He has just one year of team control left, hasn't developed since entering the league, and could very well have been released within the next 24 hours. This would be a weird move on the part of the Cowboys.
Dallas is desperate for offensive tackle depth following the injury to left tackle Tyron Smith, but you have to believe the Cowboys could do better than a player who was on the verge of being released by another team desperate for tackle depth.
Nonetheless, Jets general manager Joe Douglas is looking to condition his tradition of acquiring assets for players who seemingly had no trade value (see Jordan Willis and Blake Cashman).
This also suggests that the Jets might have more faith in rookie tackle Max Mitchell than initially believed. With Conor McDermott nursing an ankle injury, Mitchell would be in line to be the only backup offensive tackle on the 53-man roster, barring an external addition.
It's hard to believe the Jets will receive anything significant for Edoga, likely a late-round draft pick or a swap of late-round picks, but trading him for anything has to be seen as a win for the organization.
*Update: Wilson is now reporting that a trade is not expected to be executed at this time*