The New York Jets and Mike Maccagnan have made their 2019 NFL Draft intentions clear and that may involve a significant trade.
Let it be known that the No. 3 overall pick is on the trading block.
This shouldn’t be news since the New York Jets have been adamant since the season ended they would love to move back in the 2019 NFL Draft if the price is right, of course.
“We’re very open to potentially moving back from three,” Maccagnan said Monday at the NFL’s annual meeting via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I wouldn’t envision us moving up in the draft. I think you can rule that one out. If we end up staying at three and taking a player, we think there are some very good players at three. But we’d definitely be interested if another team came with an offer that we felt was worthy of moving out of the spot. We would definitely consider that. Not to say we’re committed to doing it, but we’d definitely be very intrigued by that.”
So what is that price?
From what I’ve been told, any offer that is presented the Jets way better include a 2019 second round pick. Remember, the Jets traded away their 2019 second rounder in a massive deal that delivered Sam Darnold to the green and white last March.
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But it takes two to tango. We’ve highlighted the likely candidates that would entertain a trade up before, but all of those are still viable less than a month out from the draft:
New York Giants
The Jets and the New York Giants haven’t been able to agree to a deal in a long time; could 2019 be the right time?
With the Nick Foles deal done, the Jaguars are likely out of the running for a quarterback in the first round.
Despite acquiring Joe Flacco, don’t believe the hype; this team is still very much in the quarterback market. Look no further than the Jets who signed a veteran in Teddy Bridgewater in free agency last year and still drafted Darnold in April. The Broncos could do the very same thing.
New head coach (Zac Taylor) has said all the right things about Andy Dalton. (I mean, what else is he going to say?) But this team could still be laying in wait for a chance at a quarterback.
Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t prevent the Miami Dolphins from snagging their franchise quarterback if the opportunity presents itself in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Redskins are the ultimate wild card in all of this. They have the 15th overall pick which seems a bit far for the Jets to fall. But if a monumental offer crossed the table for the Jets, they’d be crazy to not at least listen to the conversation.
It’s a fine line for the Jets. Do they opt to add a big-impact player on defense and give Gregg Williams a transcendent talent? Perhaps they try to maneuver back, recoup draft capital, and aim for quantity over quality? It’s a fascinating decision that could define the next era of the Jets.