New York Jets GM Always Looking to Trade – 14 Player Trades and Counting – New York Jets Blog

October 27, 2021

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – At the New York Jets’ home base in northern New Jersey, Trader Joe’s is always open to the public.

General manager Joe Douglas has made 14 player trades in his 28 months on the job, an unusually high number even in a league that recently began to embrace the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtrading veteran players. In all, he has moved or acquired 15 players, the sixth-most in the NFL since June 2019, according to ESPN Stats & Information. With his track record, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he makes a move before the league’s trade deadline next Tuesday.

Basically, Douglas performs two types of exchanges:

1. Small deals to address short-term needs, as he did on Monday with the acquisition of backup quarterback Joe Flacco for a 2022 conditional sixth-round pick. He made a similar trade in August, picking defensive end Shaq Lawson for a sixth round in 2022.

2. Sell established holders, often with expiring contracts, to accumulate future assets. In particular, he traded defensive end Leonard Williams, safety Jamal Adams, quarterback Sam Darnold and tight end Chris Herndon.

The only trade he hasn’t made is the blockbuster that great talent matters. Don’t expect that to change in the next few days.

At 1-5, the Jets are out of contention, posing as sellers, not buyers, as the deadline approaches. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder and safety Marcus Maye, both in the final year of their contracts, fit the profile of players who could be moved by Douglas.

Coach Robert Saleh responded to a question about whether he would favor a direct sale at the deadline.

“My commitment is to our players, obviously,” he said. “My job is to try to make Joe’s life miserable when it comes to trying to pay them all the money they need to get paid and keep them all below the salary cap. That’s my job. Whatever happens in the middle, that’s not my focus. I’m really just focused on trying to get these guys to play their best so we can show the whole Jet nation why I really think we’re going to win championships. I know it’s hard to watch right now But I know the direction we’re going, I know where we’re going. “

Douglas has the knack of knowing when to cut the bait, receiving good value in return. The package for Adams included two first-round picks from the Seattle Seahawks, an impressive loot when you consider that the player wanted out.

The Jets viewed Adams as a very good player, but limited as a pass defender. Therefore, they could not justify a massive contract extension. Adams got his money from the Seahawks (four years, $ 70 million), but he has yet to record an interception in 19 games.

“That was a great trade for the Jets, getting two No. 1s for Adams,” Mike Tannenbaum, a former Jets general manager, said of ESPN. “It has turned out better than expected due to Russell Wilson’s injury. Joe really maxed out the value.”

The struggling Seahawks (2-5) are projected to have the No. 12 pick in the 2022 draft, which will go to the Jets, who also have the No. 2 pick.

Darnold’s trade also looks good from a value standpoint. He recovered three draft picks, including second and fourth rounds in 2022. He has already been benched once by the Carolina Panthers, and his future is murky. Tannenbaum said the most impressive part of that trade was that Douglas got as much as he did in a sold-out quarterback market, and the league knew the Jets were looking for a quarterback in the draft.

Douglas’s most underrated trade was sending Herndon to the Minnesota Vikings for a fourth-round pick, “a miraculous move,” as one league source called it. Herndon, an unproductive player in the final year of his contract, has been a flop at Minnesota: a catch for two yards (a touchdown).

The only massive trade that cannot be considered a resounding victory for the Jets was Williams’ deal with the New York Giants. They got fair market value (third- and fifth-round picks, turning safety Ashtyn Davis and cornerback Michael Carter II), but Williams capitalized on an 11.5-sack season in 2020 in a massive contract extension: three years, $ 63 million.

The Jets didn’t lose the trade; Let’s call it a tie.

While Douglas has mastered the art of direct selling, he hasn’t imported any impact players via the trade route. He thought Bradley McDougald, a throw-in on the Adams trade, could be a useful safety, but he didn’t play well and was injured. The worst move was giving the Indianapolis Colts a sixth-round pick for cornerback Quincy Wilson, who lasted just three games.

Of the seven players acquired in trades, five of whom are out of the league, none cost the Jets more than a sixth-round pick. Those failures “are not a big problem because they didn’t give much,” Tannenbaum said. “There are many different ways to build depth in your template.”

Overall, Douglas has made 19 trades, including draft pick changes, tied for fourth most during his career as a general manager. He is conservative when it comes to trading. by players; he is aggressive when it comes to separating from them. Eventually, it may take a great deal of commercial success to find the proverbial missing piece. Right now, they are nowhere near that stage.