3. The NY Jets could trade away other veterans on one-year deals
When you have the NFL's youngest roster like the Jets do and a lot of unproven players, you don't have very many tradeable assets. Marcus Maye and Jamison Crowder certainly are proven commodities. Many of the Jets' other players are not.
All-Pro caliber players like linebacker C.J. Mosley also have great value. But in the case of Mosley, making a deal work from a cap perspective would be next to impossible. It's doable in the future, but the likelihood that it will happen now is not realistic.
It's much easier to move players that are on one-year deals like veteran right tackle Morgan Moses. Especially if the Jets determine that Moses is not in their long-term plans, getting any trade assets for a proven starting tackle like Moses would probably suffice.
Provided that left tackle Mekhi Becton returns healthy from his knee injury, Moses could be dealt away if a team comes knocking for veteran aid on the offensive line.
The Jets have George Fant under contract for the 2022 season. Moses is not. And quite frankly, it's increasingly likely that New York will be in the market for an offensive tackle in the 2022 NFL Draft.
So getting something for the 30-year old Moses in November makes sense, as opposed to just letting him walk at the end of the year.
Moses is not alone in this possibility. The Jets might have to make the same determination on other players on one-year deals like wide receiver Keelan Cole. Will the Jets bring back Cole on a new contract next year? The answer could be determined by how he plays in the next month.
Lamarcus Joyner could've also been a candidate for a potential trade if it weren't for his season-ending injury. At 31-years old on a one-year deal, Joyner would've been a candidate to be moved.
There's no guarantee that he's back with the Jets in 2022. Joyner's Week 1 debut for Gang Green might be a grand opening, grand closing situation.
There are three defensive linemen on the Jets, who would have a great value on the trade market. One of them is Sheldon Rankins, but he is signed to a two-year deal that expires at the end of the 2022 season.
Rankins is one of the league's better interior pass rushers, but his history with injuries might be a deterrent for potential suitors.
The other two defensive linemen who the Jets could hypothetically shop that would throw its fanbase into a frenzy are John Franklin-Myers and current team captain Folorunso Fatukasi. Both players are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents in 2022.
Joe Douglas should do the right thing and lock both Fatukasi and Franklin-Myers up long term.
But based on recent evidence and the fact that the team will presumably one day extend Quinnen Williams to a monster deal, it's possible that if a team comes calling for either player, that Douglas won't hang up the phone.
The Jets will not be busy winning games or competing for the playoffs this year. But Joe Douglas will be busy working the phones to pick up assets for what has the chance to be his final draft with the Jets in 2022 unless things improve.
Three straight two-win type seasons will not save Douglas. New York has to start showing progress at some point.
Sooner or later, the Jets will finally see light at the end of their tunnel. But it won't happen until the team finds, develops, and keeps quality players for the long haul.
The rebuilding phase continues....again.