Multiple league sources tell Ralph Vacchiano of SNY that they expect Jets GM Joe Douglas to “extremely active” at the upcoming trade deadline.
One source who spoke to Vacchiano used the word “firesale” to describe what he expects to happen with the Jets over the next few weeks, given that the Jets are 1-4, have a new GM and have several expensive players who may no longer fit in their long-term plans.
“Most of that team was built by Mike (Maccagnan, the former Jets GM),” one NFL source explained to Vacchiano. “This isn’t Joe’s team yet. He’s going to have to unload some of those guys and start loading up on (draft) picks.”
Vacchiano lists DL Leonard Williams, G Kelechi Osemele and CB Trumaine Johnson as some players who could be deemed expendable. While these are some notable players, Vacchiano’s source explained that New York is unlikely to get a lot in return for them.
“These aren’t all-pros we’re talking about,” one scout said. “They’d be looking to dump salaries or problem players. They’re not going to get a ton in return.”
One league source estimated that the Jets should be able to get a third-round pick for Williams. However, they may only be able to get conditional late-round picks for Osemele.
As for Johnson, none of Vacchiano’s sources thought any team would be willing to trade for Johnson at this point.
The one player who could be the most marketable asset the Jets have is RB Le’Veon Bell. Vacchiano believes New York would have to get at least a first-round pick for him.
“I’d think they’d have a line at their door if they made him available,” a scout tells Vacchiano.
Earlier in the day, Adam Schefter reported that Williams has drawn interest from multiple teams ahead of the trade deadline. However, the Jets aren’t interested in dealing Williams at this time.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets as the news is available.