Sunday, the New York Jets acquired three-year veteran safety Terrence Brooks from the Philadelphia Eagles.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to break the news that the New York Jets had acquired Terrence Brooks because, well, Schefter is usually the first to break these sorts of things.
Eagles trading S Terrence Brooks to Jets for CB Dexter McDougle, per source. Jets needed 3rd safety.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 27, 2017
The Eagles have since announced the trade, making it official.
As noted in Schefter’s tweet, the Jets were in need of a third safety. Rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the presumptive starters, have tons of upside but are still inexperienced. Rontez Miles, who would provide depth and a veteran presence, has been out with an eye injury.
Jets are indoors, just a walk-through today. No sign of S Rontez Miles (eye laceration). #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 21, 2017
Brooks, 26, was a third-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens out of Florida State in 2014. In 34 career games, he’s recorded 22 tackles, four assists, one interception, four passes defended and forced two fumbles.
He’s been more of a special teams player than a full-time safety thus far but figures to spend more time in the defensive backfield with the Jets. At least until Miles is able to return.
Dexter McDougle, the player heading to Philadelphia, has played sparingly since former general manager John Idzik burned a third-round pick on him in his failed 2014 draft class.
This move isn’t going to drastically change the Jets’ fortunes in 2017, but it was a necessary one. After all, you can never have too much depth.