Monday, October 25, 2021

Jets soared as trade contenders for all-pro wide receivers

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For years, the New York Jets fought in the wide receiver division.

As of 2008, the Green-Whites have only had two 1,000-yard receivers, and both came in 2015 when Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker accomplished the feat.

It was a struggle to put things into action, but this off-season the green and whites finally hit the reset button.

They added guns via all possible avenues: the 2021 NFL draft (Elijah Moore), free agency (Corey Davis, Keelan Cole) and it’s arguably the best-improved unit from 2020-2021.

Despite these upgrades, this device still lacks a true No. 1 wide receiver.

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This week Kristopher Knox disbanded his NFL trading block bigboard for the Bleacher Report in Week 6, listing the Jets as a possible landing site for All-Pro New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas.

The former Ohio state product is currently on the physical incapacity list due to an off-season ankle surgery.

His talent or performance since joining the league as a second-round pick in 2016 is undeniable:

The main reason the Saints might move on is their dire cap situation. New Orleans is projected to be $ 50 million above the cap in 2022.

Thomas will count over $ 24.7 million towards the cap next season and has three more years on his contract after 2021.

In the same Bleacher Report column, Knox suggested that a Thomas trade “would likely make an early draft pick.”

Saints writer Leigh Oleszczak said it would be “hard to miss” picking day two (second or third round) and the cap relief that comes with it.

With so much money on the books, that would usually be a problem for any team looking to acquire it. Although the Jets are in a unique position due to their cap flexibility in 2022.

Not only do you have room to record Thomas’ contract, but you also have a ton of train ammunition to pull this through. The Jets will have two second-round players (their own and the Carolina Panthers) in addition to their own third-round player in 2022.

The Jets have a lot of talented wideouts, but they lack a real superstar.

A true # 1 wide receiver provides your young quarterback, Zach Wilson, with a dependable and productive weapon.

That would also offer the green-whites an opposing weapon for the defense to prepare for. If they leave him one on one, Thomas has proven that he can consistently win these matches. If they decide to double it, that opens the rest of the offensive.

The jets made all of their moves to offer themselves flexibility and the luxury of striking while the iron is hot. This is a unique scenario for Gang Green to add a dynamic weapon at an insane discount.

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Not only do you have room to record Thomas’ contract, but you also have a ton of train ammunition to pull this through. The Jets will have two second-round players (their own and the Carolina Panthers) in addition to their own third-round player in 2022.



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