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Instinctive Jets Youngster Could Spark Trading Interest: Insider

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Since hiring general manager Joe Douglas in 2019, the New York Jets have completely flipped the roster.

Heading into training camp, they are crammed with talent at several positions and that could see some of the surplus traded.

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ESPN’s Rich Cimini announced Tuesday, April 21.

He tipped the hat off to Douglas, who will have to make some “tougher roster decisions” due to newfound star power and depth.

Cimini said this could lead the Jets to consider moving some parts and “cornerback Bryce Hall could attract trade interest.”

The 24-year-old was originally selected with the No. 158 overall pick in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft.

Hall slipped in the draft due to a serious ankle injury that required surgery in the middle of his senior season in Virginia.

He was once considered a borderline pick for the first-round draft and stumbled well into the third day of the draft.

The Jets took a dart throw in the later stages of this draft and it paid off in large measure.

Hall has played in 25 games over two years and started in 14 of those competitions. Last year he played and started in all 17 games:

Although he is expected to switch from the season starter to the bench this year.

The Jets have made significant investments in the cornerback room this offseason with DJ Reed Jr. ($33 million under contract) and drafted No. 4 Ahmad Gardner in the 2022 NFL draft.

In his column, Cimini didn’t specify which NFL teams might be interested or what price point the Jets could potentially secure with a move.

However, unless the offer was absolutely bananas, Gang Green would be better off holding on.

Right now, the Jets have an absolute first-world problem with their secondary.

Gang Green is feeling great with three starting corners in Sauce, Reed and Michael Carter II. Behind them are Hall and Brandin Echols, two players who have had a lot of starting experience over the last year.

Could they turn over any of these pieces for a return that would pay them off better than they invested? Probably, but why sacrifice the depth you’ve created? The Jets could just hold pat and be protected should an injury occur later.

The former Virginia product has two more years left on his rookie contract so there is and should be no rush to move him. This would be a very different conversation if Hall were entering the final year of his contract, but that’s not the case.

The Jets aren’t used to this problem, but they better get used to it because good NFL teams deal with it every year. Hall is a truly talented player who will play a role for the Jets in 2022, whether it be situational or filling in for an injured starter.

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However, unless the offer was absolutely bananas, Gang Green would be better off holding on.

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