Virginia RB Shane Simpson met with the Dolphins at the Gridiron Showcase back in January. (Justin M)
Connor Hughes of The Athletic does not expect the Jets’ ownership to put any mandates on new HC Robert Saleh or GM Joe Douglas to reach the playoffs, given that Christopher Johnson has adamant against making these kinds of demands of coaches over the last four years.
In the event that the Jets keep QB Sam Darnold for next season, Hughes expects New York to trade down with a quarterback-needy team.
Although New York can part ways with WR Jamison Crowder and free up $10 million in cap space, Hughes doesn’t see the point in cutting him, considering that it would create another hole on offense while the Jets are set to have around $80 million in available cap room.
Hughes could, however, see the Jets releasing Crowder if they sign Steelers’ free-agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster or another slot receiver.
When asked about the possibility of the Patriots trading for Bears QB Mitch Trubisky,Doug Kyed of NESN considers him to be one of the “more unlikely possibilities” given their lack of offensive options currently on the roster.
Kyed believes the Patriots trading for a “big-name receiver” such as Odell Beckham Jr, who would be more helpful in recruiting other players to New England than other trade-candidates like 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.