Jets Reject Trade Offer for Raiders 1st-Round Pick: Report

Alex Leatherwood, Raiders

Getty Former Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood walking off of the football field.

The New York Jets said thanks, but no thanks to a recent trade offer.

Apparently, the entire league shared that same sentiment.

According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, prior to releasing offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood the Las Vegas Raiders “tried to trade him to everyone” and they received 32 rejections.

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No, but Maybe?

Leatherwood entered the league in 2021 as the No. 17 overall pick in the first round.

It was a pick that surprised people at the time and seemed to be a major reach. Unfortunately, the results of his rookie season didn’t change many of those opinions.

The former Alabama star appeared and started in all 17 games last season, but didn’t perform very well.

According to Pro Football Focus, Leatherwood was penalized 14 times and allowed eight sacks:

  • 45 overall grade
  • 29 pass block grade
  • 62.1 run block grade

All of that is horrific by every measure, but he is still only 23 years of age. While the Jets didn’t want to trade for him, that isn’t because he is terrible. It is because the worst-kept secret in the NFL is the Raiders wanted to get rid of him.

Every team in the league knew this, so if they wanted Leatherwood they could just wait for him to be released instead of giving up an asset.

With the Jets releasing Chuma Edoga, Leatherwood could make sense as a potential dart throw as a backup lineman for the 2022 season and beyond.

Diving Deeper

Last season Leatherwood registered over 1,104 snaps last season. He split those reps at both right guard and right tackle:

  • 847 snaps (right guard)
  • 257 snaps (right tackle)

The Jets are well serviced at right guard with Alijah Vera-Tucker flipping over there this offseason. People inside the building believe he has All-Pro potential and he played the position back at USC.

Speaking of flipping positions the green and white have that at right tackle because of the Mekhi Becton injury. Their former first-round draft choice was set to make the move over to the right side, but instead, George Fant is flipping there instead.

From a starting perspective, the Jets are set on the line, but they could always use more depth in the trenches.

Leatherwood would be a very interesting dart throw. He is an uber-talented player that could blossom in a new environment.

This would be a low-risk versus high-reward kind of move. If it pans out the Jets could have a promising chip for the future and maybe if you squint a potential future starter.

However if his issues continue that got him released in the first place just a year into his career, then the Jets can do a discount-double check and do the exact same thing by cutting him.

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