Trade proposal sends Jets projected $84 million wide receiver
For the first time in more than a decade, the New York Jets are absolutely loaded at offensive skill positions on paper.
With star power and depth at running back, wide receiver and tight end, the team should be ready to head to training camp.
Although the key words here are “should” and “on paper“. As we know football is not played on paper, if it was Gang Green, he would have won a dozen Super Bowls with all his off-season paper trophies.
With that never-satisfied attitude, the Jets were recently featured in a successful trade proposition.
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So you’re telling me there’s a chance?
Chat Sports’ Tom Downey recently revealed the top teams that could trade Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
The Jets cracked the list as the No. 5 most likely destination based on a variety of factors, including their previous aggression earlier this offseason for other proven stars.
Downey said the Jets should get “creative” with their package and he certainly did with his proposal:
- Jets receive: McLaurin
- Commanders receive: Corey Davis and a conditional second round of 2023
“Depending on how the Jets do this year, this conditional pick could go first-round or maybe a little lower. The Jets get their instant impact guy and the Commanders get at least someone beyond picks for a team that wants to win games right now.
In addition to any trade compensation going to Washington, the Jets are expected to negotiate a new long-term deal with McLaurin.
According to Spotrac’s latest market projections, the talented 26-year-old is worth more than $84 million on a four-year deal. That would make him the sixth highest paid receiver in all of football.
Ben Standig of The Athletic said NFL teams have been “exploring the possibility” of a McLaurin trade this offseason.
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera continued to repeat that they have no intention of trading stars this offseason:
“So that’s why, and I said, you know, we don’t trade Terry, all we do is try to get it done. And as I I said, just to tell you guys, we’ve been talking with these guys for probably over seven, eight days and we intend to do this because we believe in who Terry is for us and what he can bring to the table.
However, a very similar tone came out of the Tennessee Titans’ camp regarding a possible trade for AJ Brown and he was still eliminated in the 2022 NFL Draft, although he has publicly stated that this is not possible. would not happen.
Something to strongly consider
I always come back to that line from general manager Joe Douglas who quoted Pro Football Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome in terms of their roster construction strategy:
“A luxury today may be a necessity tomorrow.”
In other words, you shouldn’t let what seems like depth today influence your long-term decision because things can change quickly in the NFL.
For example, two of the Jets’ top four spreaders may not be long in New York.
As 2023 approaches, Corey Davis will enter the final year of his contract and the same can be said for Braxton Berrios.
Maybe the Jets bring them both back, but on the other hand, maybe not.
Right now, Gang Green has a major luxury with their receiving corps. Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson are in the middle of their rookie contracts
Imagine using that financial flexibility to add a proven star like McLaurin to the mix.
This will make life easier for all of the Jets’ other offensive weapons. Zach Wilson will immediately have a proven No. 1 wide receiver and possibly even more with the development of Moore and Wilson.
McLaurin is a proven stallion who would bring a dynamic to the attack that does not currently exist:
- 222 receptions
- 3,090 yards
- 16 touchdowns
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