Former Mike Maccagnan first-round pick Darron Lee has been traded by the New York Jets to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round pick.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 16, 2019
“The Chiefs agreed to trade terms with Jets, sending a 6th round 2020 for Darron Lee,” Rapoport tweeted.
Lee, 24, finds himself squeezed out of a position after the acquisition of stud C.J. Mosley. With Avery Williamson still employed and Blake Cashman serving as a nice third backer, Lee became expendable.
In 40 games over three seasons in New York, the former 20th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft collected 238 tackles, 17 for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and a touchdown that came in Week 1 in Detroit this past season.
The trade marks the first move of the Gase interim general manager era. While many believe Philadephia Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas is on his way to New Jersey, the sixth-round return is officially a Gase move at the moment.