The NY Jets could look to unload a few players over the coming days as we approach the trade deadline. And one somewhat surprising player who was recently listed in a mock trade proposal was starting right tackle Morgan Moses.
ESPN's Bill Barnwell put together a list of 10 potential trade proposals in a recent article and he identified Moses as a player who could be on the move.
Barnwell suggested that the Jets could trade Moses to the Baltimore Ravens along with a 2023 sixth-round pick in exchange for a 2022 fourth-round pick.
On the surface, this does make some sense. But there are also reasons to consider passing on the deal.
Would trading Morgan Moses make sense for the NY Jets?
Moses was signed to a one-year, $3.6 million in the offseason after he was released by the Washington Football Team.
The veteran tackle was expected to compete with George Fant for the starting right tackle job in the summer, and despite being considered the favorite by most, he actually wasn't a part of the starting lineup in Week 1.
Fant got the start instead, but it didn't take long for Moses to see the field following an injury to Mekhi Becton. Moses has started every game since at right tackle while Fant has manned Becton's spot on the left side of the offensive line.
Both players have performed quite well in their roles, but it is worth wondering what might happen once Becton returns.
Presumably, the Jets will move Fant back to right tackle and re-insert Becton at left tackle. Fant has arguably been the Jets' best offensive lineman this year, but it remains to be seen how he would perform at right tackle.
Nonetheless, Becton's return would give the Jets a surplus of tackles meaning that they could consider trading Moses who is far from a lock to return next season.
That said, trading Moses would leave the Jets with virtually no offensive tackle depth to speak of. They would be playing a dangerous game simply hoping that Becton and Fant could stay healthy for the rest of the season.
On top of that, the timing here wouldn't be perfect. Becton isn't slated to return for at least a few more weeks while the trade deadline is in 12 days, at the time of writing.
For that reason, it seems highly unlikely that the Jets consider dealing Moses. They just wouldn't have any feasible option to start in his place until Becton returns.
It's a fair proposal, in theory, but it's hard to see this one actually happening.