New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been traded to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. He’s also been a bit salty surrounding a few Jet-related topics.
Christian Hackenberg is now a former Jet. The second-round bust who was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 conditional seventh-round selection on Tuesday, wasn’t just a quarterback for the New York Jets. He is also attempting to be a New York Times bestselling author. His latest piece is titled, “How to burn a bridge with your current employer.”
It’ll be in bookstores near you in the future.
With the official start of “Phase 3” of the New York Jets offseason schedule starting Tuesday, we had the chance to see some new and old Jets take the field alike, including, for the first time ever, witnessing Hackenberg’s rebooted throwing motion this offseason:
Hackenberg says he told #Jets in Jan. about changing his throwing motion. Believes he figured things out: “That was the frustrating part for me. The ups & downs & not knowing why … and not really getting any information from anybody on how to fix that and how to address it” ?
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) May 22, 2018
Wait a second … Hackenberg told the Jets back in January he was changing his throwing motion?
Perhaps head coach Todd Bowles suffers from short-term memory loss. Well, he must because he said a couple weeks ago that he knew nothing about it.
“He hasn’t talked to me about it. He just worked on it,” Bowles said, per Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. “I’ve learned about it after that fact.”
So that’s weird, but even beyond that, Hackenberg spent the rest of the media session critiquing the Jets for not helping him with his throwing motion over the last two years. This must be rule No. 1 of his new novel: stick to your guns and don’t let up.
While initially, it seemed like on paper the Jets could bring four quarterbacks into training camp and use Hackenberg as an insurance policy if Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t heal correctly, that no longer seems viable.
He was emitting cancerous gamma rays that could impact the rest of the locker room with his negative chakra. The Jets may be best served to help Hackenberg write the final chapter of his new book labeled “you’re fired.” Instead, they opted to say “you’re traded,” selling him off to the highest bidder which ended up being the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft choice.
Bridgewater looked fantastic running bootlegs and showing no evidence that he hasn’t had a meaningful snap in two years in OTAs. So if Bridgewater is good to go, there was really no reason for Hackenberg to stay. There’s only so many reps to go around and Sam Darnold and his development is critical to the future success of the Jets. It’s time to cut losses and move on before this situation gets worse.
That’s exactly what the Jets did just a few hours later trading Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick.
Bowles: QB Christian Hackenberg has been traded to Oakland for a 2019 conditional 7th-round pick.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 22, 2018