Jets Releasing OT After Not Being Able to Find Trade Partner

Chuma Edoga, Jets

Getty Former New York Jets offensive lineman Chuma Edoga trying to make a block during an NFL game.

The New York Jets are moving on from a big hog molly.

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network shared on Twitter that Gang Green is releasing offensive lineman Chuma Edoga “after attempting to trade him.”

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What Could Have Been

On Monday, August 29 there was a lot of buzz seemingly out of nowhere that the Jets and Dallas Cowboys were working on a trade.

The subject of said trade rumors was Edoga after the horrific injury Cowboys’ starting left tackle Tyron Smith suffered during practice.

However, after the initial reports that a deal was in talks, another follow-up report killed all the buzz.

With Edoga now set to reach unrestricted free agency, the Cowboys seem to be the team to watch for his services.

Since the former USC product has under four years of service time, he is subject to waivers. In other words, every NFL team will have a chance to claim him.

The order of that waiver wire priority is based on the 2022 NFL draft order. That means the Cowboys are all the way at the bottom of the list at No. 24. To land him, they will have to hope and pray none of the other 23 teams (excluding the Jets) in front of them put in a claim.

Although considering the scarcity of trench play in the pros, it wouldn’t be that shocking if he found his way onto another NFL roster very quickly.

Now What?

Now a lot of fans rolled their eyes when they heard Edoga was cut and fine point taken. He was a mediocre player according to every measurable statistic, however, the Cowboys’ trade interest sends a strong message.

Offensive tackle depth is hard to come by in the National Football League.

Dallas isn’t dumb. Teams don’t just hand away assets for players that stink. Even Edoga, considering the player, is still better than what is currently available on the open market.

This again takes us back to the Jets’ current depth at offensive tackle. To be candid it is non-existent right now which is pretty scary for a Jets quarterback in Zach Wilson who has had two injuries to the same knee in a 10-month span.

In other words, the waiver wire better be the Jets’ best friend this week as they desperately search for better options on the market. A general manager’s job at its core is to hope for the best and expect the worst.

You have optimsim and hope things work out but you have to prepare as if everything is going to go wrong.

Right now if things go south in terms of injuries at offensive tackle, the Jets are going to be in a really bad way.

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