The New York Jets might not be done making big-time moves this offseason.
Interestingly enough general manager Joe Douglas has backloaded most of the contracts he handed out during free agency, leaving the door open to absorb a large-cap figure in 2022.
Now it appears they may be pushing their chips into the middle of the table with a monster deal.
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Jets Thinking a Big Time Move
Adam Schefter of ESPN shared that the Jets and the Miami Dolphins are in “serious talks” to trade for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
The Jets are now considered a “finalist” along with the Dolphins for his services and he is “likely to wind up as a Jet or a Dolphin.”
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport first shared the news on Wednesday, March 23 that the Chiefs gave Hill’s camp permission to seek a trade after contract discussions “stalled.”
The 28-year-old wideout is entering the last year of his contract through 2022 for a $21.8 million cap hit.
Although a key part of any trade will be handing Hill a massive contract extension that makes him among, if not the highest-paid wide receivers in all of football.
Another update from Schefter on a crazy developing story:
Exactly the Type of Move Douglas Has Been Waiting For
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN said in a column on Wednesday, March 23 that the Jets weren’t done at the wide receiver position:
“Wide receiver is still a need, but the Jets figure they can do damage here via the draft, a young option via trade or a free agent who falls past the second wave.”
Apparently, he wasn’t kidding.
Douglas has maintained financial flexibility and an abundance of draft capital for a trade just like this.
The green and white have the cap space to absorb Hill’s likely massive contract extension and the draft picks to satisfy the Chiefs in any deal.
Gang Green has been vetting its options throughout the offseason on potential wide receivers to trade for like Robert Woods and Amari Cooper, but they say patience is a virtue and it could pay off in a major way here.
Hill would instantly be the No. 1 wide receiver the Jets have been searching for and his resume speaks for itself:
- 479 receptions
- 6,630 yards
- 56 touchdowns
There is no other way to put it, Hill is one of the best wide receivers in football and would have an unspeakable impact on the entire offense.
Opposing defenses have to know where Hill is pre-snap on every play or it could cost them.
This offseason was all about surrounding a young Zach Wilson with as many talented weapons as possible. There is arguably no more talented player in football than Hill and we’ll see if ultimately he ends up in the green and white.
The Jets want Hill “bad” according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic and now the ball is in his court: