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Jets circulated as trade target for Big Man: ‘Makes a lot of sense’

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The New York Jets desperately need more depth in the offensive tackle spot.

With open market options dwindling, they could consider alternative means to fill the gap in the squad. Several insiders believe that could come via the trading market.

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NFL network insider Ian Rapoport dropped a Mini-bombshell Monday afternoon revealing the Chicago Bears have been in trade talks with their offensive tackle Teven Jenkins.

The 24-year-old was ranked No. 39 overall in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft. However, he has fallen out of favor (more on that later) and is available via trade.

Zack Rosenblatt, who covers the Jets for The Athletic, said he was curious how much it would cost to get Jenkins out of the Windy City and if it would be relatively cheap. he argued it would be “worth a plane”.

Pro Football Network’s Mike Kaye I Agree Rosenblatt’s assessment that adding Jenkins as a “swing tackle” would make “a lot of sense”. Kaye spent the weekend visiting the Jets camp and walked away to say they need help in the trenches.

The Jets have a lot of unproven and unconvincing options on the bench, and this move could add some reassurance to the frontline.

The first question you might ask is why a Bears team that doesn’t have a very good offensive line would be willing to get rid of a youngster so quickly?

A very valid question that has a logical answer.

Mike Garafolo delivered a national perspective Saying “a new regime” is much more willing to move players like Jenkins because they have no direct ties to that player. Remember, the Bears completely blew up this offseason with a brand new head coach/general manager combo.

Jacob Infante, who covers the team at a much more local level, said the trade rumors and other red flags reveal the bears simply don’t “believe” in Jenkins anymore.

He also pointed out that the bears “are not getting good trading value” in return due to these leaks, calling the situation a “disaster.”

So what might a price point look like? According to Infante he threw Jenkins into the PFF mock draft simulator and he spat out a value of a future late fourth or early fifth round draft pick. Infante said the package “sounds about right”.

If that were all it took to pry him away, the Jets should be 100 percent kicking the hoops on this deal.

Jenkins just turned 24 in March and has three super-cheap years left on his rookie deal.

The former Oklahoma State product is massive at 6-foot-5, 310-lbs. Although his most appealing trait for the Jets would be his versatility.

Jenkins played every position on the offensive line except at left defense during his four-year collegiate career. He gained most of his experience in offensive tackle, where the Jets need help the most.

Jenkins lost most of his rookie season to back surgery but managed to play in six games and he started in two of those contests.

When you’re the Jets, the risk is worth the reward. They would give up a late pick on day three for a valuable swing tackle. If he develops with your coaching staff, he might even become a viable starter in 2023.

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If that were all it took to pry him away, the Jets should be 100 percent kicking the hoops on this deal.

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