Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Halfway through the season, the Jets now sit at 4-4 and have shown some real promise in wins against the Patriots and Falcons, but have also struggled to stay competitive at times. With the NFL trade deadline looming today, here’s some names that are making the rounds and we suggest might be interesting for the Jets. At the end of the day, new GM John Idzik is not going to mortgage their future for winning now.
Player: WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants)
Likely Compensation: Conditional Third Rounder
Reasons Why: Nicks has been a victim to the Giants woes but can be a helpful receiver who can be productive, as evidenced by his two games so far this season for more than 100 yards. For the Jets, they get the weapon they need to make the offense more consistent an and keep him away from another AFCE team like the Patriots in the process.
Reasons Why Not: The Giants might have a better chance to re-sign him if he could stay in the area, but the Giants are finally warming up and after two straight wins … it could look very bad for the Giants to make a trade like this to a cross-town team.
Player: WR Kenny Britt (Titans)
Likely Compensation: Conditional Sixth Rounder
Reasons Why: The reports are that no one wants Kenny Britt who seems who seems to be hitting for the triple crown of unproductivity, off the field problems and questionable health. Britt has been languishing in Tennessee and there is no chance that he returns to Nashville next year if this coaching staff stays. This is the chance for the Titans to get something for their troubled, but physically talented receiver. For the Jets, they get another athletic option that they can add to the perimeter to give Geno Smith a target that defenses will need to respect.
Reasons Why Not: Britt doesn’t seem to fit into the system that GM John Idzik seems to be building in New York. While Idzik isn’t looking for the squeakiest clean of players, Britt might be able to help an offense in need of more options, but maybe not at the locker room concerns that Britt might bring.<
Player: WR Greg Little (Browns)
Likely Compensation: Conditional Fourth Rounder
Reasons Why: While all the talk is around Josh Gordon, Little seems the player more likely to be dealt. Little has had some controversy swirling around him lately from an arrest to a UNC football scandal. Little is a large target (6’2″ 220 lbs) who has struggled to stay productive among the raft of offensive systems that have floated through Cleveland since 2011.
Reasons Why Not: The chemistry between Geno Smith and David Nelson is notable, but can Nelson stay healthy over the remainder of the season?
Player: TE Fred Davis (Redskins)
Likely Compensation: Sixth Rounder
Reasons Why: The Jets were said to be interested in Davis before he re-signed in DC. With Kellen Winslow suspended and a rumored concussion for Cumberland, the team needs more than Reuland and Sudfield to carry them. Fred Davis is a player who won’t be in DC next year with the emergence of Jordan Reed and the pick-starved Skins might look to get anything they can as they wallow at 2-5.
Reasons Why Not: Once Winslow returns, Davis’s spot on the roster comes into question … unless Winslow can’t stay healthy.
Player: WR Josh Gordon (Browns)
Likely Compensation: First or Second Rounder
Reasons Why: While a season-long ban for another infraction might hang over Gordon’s head, his talent is unmistakable. The Browns have tried to disavow any interest in trading Gordon, but he would be an upgrade to whatever team corrals him.
Reasons Why Not: We know that the Jets have been rumored to inquire in Gordon, but inquiring is not the same thing as trading. The cost of what Cleveland will ask will drive teams away. Gordon is gifted, but the concerns about another suspension will keep teams from giving up too much for such a player.