Shortly before November 3rd’s trade deadline, the New York Jets have already made two trades. They’ve sent defensive tackle Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and Jordan Willis to the San Francisco 49ers. There’s a great chance that’s where the Jets will be starting in their fire sale at the trade deadline.
According to numerous NFL sources, the Jets have made it crystal clear to other teams that they will listen to offers about just anybody on the active roster. Obviously, the price depends on the player. General manager Joe Douglas acquired two sixth-round 2022 draft picks for McLendon & Willis.
Not to mention there are a lot of players either on one-year deals or just expiring contracts in general. It looks as though Joe Douglas is trying to get rid of predecessor Mike Maccagnan‘s mess and building for the future.
Let’s take a look at who could be dealt at the trade deadline.
Safety Marcus Maye
27-year old Marcus Maye is currently on an expiring contract. The Jets seem like they don’t wanna move him but if the right offer comes the team would accept. Maye has been brought up in trade talks constantly, dating back to last season. With safeties getting hefty contracts in recent years, does Marcus Maye ask for one?
The Jets do have the cap space to pay Marcus Maye, even if the cap drops, as expected. But, if the Jets don’t want Maye, simply trade him. The team can’t make the foolish mistake of letting a player walk in free agency when you know you could’ve gotten something for him. Just like Robby Anderson.
Maye has turned around his season after having a slow start. He played out of his mind in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills by registering two sacks off the edge. The Jets thought he could play strong safety from there on out. Ultimately, that wasn’t the right call and Maye began to struggle. In Week 6, the team returned him to his original position at free safety. Duly noted, he’s been playing better of late.
Marcus Maye has been one bright spot on the Jets defense. But the question is: Is he apart of the Jets’ future plans?
Cornerback Brian Poole
After having an outstanding season in 2019 with the Jets, Brian Poole was re-signed by the Jets to a one-year deal. Shockingly, Poole never drew much interest in free agency, making a reunion more simple.
Anyways, Poole has been a bright spot for the struggling Jets’ defense. He’s allowed the fewest yards per completion of his career with 10.5 yards. Poole has allowed a low passer rating of 65.5 when balls are thrown his way. He’s also recorded two interceptions.
On Pro Football Focus, Brian Poole grades out to a solid grade of 77. Poole ranks as one of the best nickel corners in the game. There is no doubt he would have good value at the trade deadline.
However, Poole is 28 years old and on an expiring contract. It’s unlikely the Jets re-sign him. But, if the Jets want to part ways, send him to a contending team at the trade deadline for good value.
Inside Linebacker Avery Williamson
All offseason, there were rumors swirling around that the Jets wanted to deal Avery Williamson. However, he was still recovering from a torn ACL. Could that have possibly shrunk his value? But, the Jets slowed down with the talks after C.J. Mosley opted out of the season.
Avery Williamson has played better in recent weeks. But, he’s not the same player he was in 2018. He looks slower, that’s for sure. Williamson is only owed $2 million by the Jets for this season and will become a free agent in the offseason. But, what is his value at the deadline?
No one knows exactly but there could be one team in contention for Williamson. That is the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns, second-year linebacker Devin Bush tore his ACL and now will miss the remainder of the season. His replacement in Robert Spillane has not been good at filling Bush’s void. Is Williamson as fast and shifty as Devin Bush? No. But, is Avery Williamson a definite upgrade over Spillane? Absolutely.
Outside Linebacker Jordan Jenkins
Jordan Jenkins is yet another player on the Jets with a one-year deal. Last season, Jenkins put up a career-high in sacks with 8. So far this season, it seems as though he won’t match his career-high. Jenkins has recorded just one sack this season.
Jordan Jenkins is the Jets’ most talented edge rusher, no doubt about that. Has he shown the Jets why he should be staying long-term? The answer is no. Quinnen Williams is slowly but surely rising in the ranks and looks to be here long term. Jenkins’ true role is an edge setter.
With Markus Golden being shipped off to the Arizona Cardinals, Jenkins’ market has likely been set. Since Golden is more productive and the New York Giants got him for a sixth-round pick, the Jets would likely get a seventh-rounder in return for Jenkins.
That could be even tougher for someone who has registered only one sack and nine tackles this season as a temporary player. Jordan Jenkins would likely flourish on a contending team with more talent around him but it seems he might just be a temporary piece for most teams.
Wide Receiver Jamison Crowder
Realistically, it wouldn’t be smart for the Jets to ship off Jamison Crowder at the deadline. He’s their best receiver and has been Sam Darnold‘s go-to guy. But, it’s not impossible that the Jets would ship him out because of potential value in return.
Last season, Jamison Crowder became one of the NFL’s highly touted slot receivers. He’s been solid for a while but last season he got better. In 16 games, Crowder recorded 78 receptions for 833 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging 13.2 yards per reception. He also achieved a career-high in first downs with 41.
Anyways, this season, Jamison Crowder has struggled to stay on the field, playing only four of seven games. But, in three of those four games, he has recorded 100 receiving yards. Regardless of health status, his production has been no different. Do the injuries affect his value at the trade deadline?
Duly noted, Crowder has one year left on his contract. It’s unfortunate he’s been overlooked by a lethargic Jets offense. Crowder will likely receive more fame if traded to a contender. Undoubtedly, the Jets would get good value if they sent him off at the deadline.