With Mims buried on the depth chart, the Jets reportedly received calls about a trade for the former Baylor star at the deadline. And on Sunday, one of the teams that called the Jets was revealed.
ESPN's Rich Cimini reported on Sunday that the Carolina Panthers had inquired about a potential Denzel Mims trade prior to the deadline. Evidently, the two sides couldn't agree on a deal.
And if reports are to be believed, the Jets never had much interest in actually trading their young wide receiver. Despite his disappointing season, the Jets still believed in Mims enough to keep him on the roster.
But it's worth wondering how much further that belief will stretch.
The NY Jets could trade Denzel Mims in the offseason
Mims has appeared in nine games this season making three starts through 15 weeks. However, even when given the opportunity to take on a larger role, he's failed to make an impact.
The 24-year-old has just eight catches for 133 yards this season and hasn't caught a pass since Week 13 when he hauled in one catch for four yards. Over his last 66 snaps, that lone garbage-time catch for four yards is the only "impact" he's been able to make.
Mims just isn't separating — something that was a huge problem for the Jets on Sunday. He was benched midway through the team's Week 14 game after a pair of boneheaded penalties. On top of that, he also has two drops on the year.
It's gotten to the point that Mims is essentially a negative rep every time he's on the field. He's only playing now because the Jets have no other option.
Given the promise he showed down the stretch of his rookie season, it's stunning to see how far Mims has fallen. But this is reality. And right now, it's hard to imagine he's on the Jets roster come Week 1 of 2022.
Whether he's traded or just outright released, Mims' future in New York is looking murkier by the week. Perhaps the Panthers could come calling again in the offseason.
At this point, it might just be best for the Jets to cut bait and get what they can in return.