The NY Jets seem set to enter the 2021 season with what might be the most inexperienced cornerback room in NFL history. But perhaps a veteran like Bryce Callahan could make sense for the young, unproven unit.
The Denver Broncos cornerback has been one of the best slot corners in the NFL over the last few years and is headed into the final year of a three-year, $21 million contract he signed back in 2019.
Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus recently reported that Callahan was a player to monitor in trade rumors over the next few days.
Spielberger insisted that the Broncos could look to trade Callahan or that he could even be cut. If released, Spielberger said that the veteran cornerback would be a "hot commodity."
He specifically listed the Chicago Bears, Callahan's former team, as a team that was showing interest. Spielberger also speculated that the Jets could be interested given that general manager Joe Douglas was Chicago's Director of College Scouting in 2015 when Callahan was signed as an undrafted free agent.
Bryce Callahan would instantly become the best cornerback on the NY Jets' roster
Following the release of Blessuan Austin, the Jets' current cornerback room is made up of a collection of second-year players and rookies (excluding special-teams ace Justin Hardee) — none of which were drafted before the fifth round in their respective draft classes.
Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry, and Hardee, the only three players in the room with any NFL experience, have combined for a grand total of nine professional starts.
Hardee is exclusively a special teamer, Guidry was an undrafted rookie a year ago, and Hall — a fifth-round pick in 2020 — missed half of his rookie season with an injury.
Callahan is arguably the best nickel cornerback in the NFL and is coming off a year in which he finished with an elite 84.1 PFF grade that ranked third among all qualified cornerbacks in the league.
This was following a 2019 season that saw him finish with an 81.3 PFF grade that ranked eighth at his position. Callahan has ben phenomenal since joining Denver which makes the timing of this report somewhat surprising.
The Broncos have a very deep secondary and with Callahan on the final year of his deal, they could be looking to get something for him. Perhaps the Jets could consider sending some draft capital Denver's way.
Of course, this would seemingly go against everything the team has said about wanting to roll with their young cornerbacks. On top of that, the Jets seem happy with their duo of Javelin Guidry and Michael Carter II in the slot.
But Callahan is an excellent player who would undoubtedly provide a major boost to the Jets' cornerback room. It's an option they could consider for the right price.