Stefon Diggs trade opens door for NY Jets to upgrade their own WR room

The Diggs trade could help the Jets trade for another WR

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The NY Jets made one huge addition to their wide receiver room this offseason signing former Los Angeles Chargers standout Mike Williams to join a receiving corps that already featured Garrett Wilson. There's still work to be done, however.

The disappointing Allen Lazard is currently penciled in as the Jets' No. 3 wide receiver with the likes of Xavier Gipson and Jason Brownlee right behind him. That's not a particularly inspiring room outside of Wilson and Williams.

It's also notable that Williams is coming off a torn ACL and has struggled to stay healthy at points in his career. All of this is to say that the Jets certainly shouldn't be content with the state of their wide receiver room.

The Jets are likely to add to the position group at some point, and the Buffalo Bills' trade of superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs could coincidentally open the door for their division rivals to acquire another wideout.

The NY Jets could trade for one of the Texans' wide receivers

As ESPN's Matt Miller noted on Wednesday, the Diggs trade leaves the Texans with a surplus of wide receivers. Diggs joins a receiver room that already boasts the likes of Nico Collins, Tank Dell, Robert Woods, John Metchie III, and Noah Brown.

There could be a golden opportunity for a team like the Jets to swoop in and acquire one of those players for a low cost in a potential trade. Woods, Metchie, and Brown are the only ones who will feasibly be moved.

Woods is the most experienced and accomplished of the three, having racked up more than 8,000 receiving yards over 11 years in the NFL. His numbers have declined significantly in recent years, but he could still be a capable WR3/WR4 option in the Jets' offense.

Metchie missed his entire rookie season in 2022 after being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, but the former second-round pick returned in 2023, finishing the year with 16 catches for 158 yards.

The Alabama product is a talented young wide receiver who just so happens to be buried on his team's depth chart. He could carve out a larger role on a team like the Jets.

Finally, there's the perpetually underrated Noah Brown, who managed to haul in 33 catches for a career-high 567 yards in just 10 games last season. That put him on pace for just shy of a 1,000-yard season if he played all 17 games.

Of course, his numbers were definitely inflated by a high-powered passing attack, but Brown was genuinely very good in 2023. His 69.0 YAC score ranked fourth among all 153 qualified wide receivers last season, per ESPN Analytics.

Brown is under contract for less than $4 million in 2024, making him a very affordable and under-the-radar trade target for the Jets.

The Jets might still look to address the wide receiver position in the draft, but general manager Joe Douglas has been active in the trade market this offseason. Perhaps he has one more trick left up his sleeve.