Why The New York Jets Should Consider Trading Kenrick Ellis

With Damon Harrison playing so surprisingly well, the Jets may have some excellent trade value in Kenrick Ellis.

Value is such a wonderful thing, but it complicates a lot of situations when it comes to the NFL and NFL Draft.  What can you get, what can you give, and how high is the risk? One proposal that I’ve been pondering lately has actually made sense to me more and more is the idea of John Idzik trading Kenrick Ellis.

My proposal isn’t a simple one, and you have to consider the idea from all angles to properly wrap your head around it. At first glance, some may be immediately turned off because, well, Ellis is a pretty good football player when he’s healthy. In fact, he can be dominant at times when he’s not hindered by his injuries.

So dominant, that it’s criminal how he spends the majority of his time on the bench.

Ellis, a former 3rd round pick out of Hampton for the Jets in 2011, has just gotten unlucky. He’s flashed at times before this year, but he’s never been able to play consistently or even stay healthy, for that matter. He was struck with the bad luck again this summer when a weightlifting accident knocked him out for nearly the entire pre-season, and left him not 100% for Week One. That’s where his then-backup, Damon Harrison stepped in. Harrison, an undrafted free agent, hasn’t looked back.

Now, the Jets have a dilemma that most teams would currently take with open arms; they have too much young talent on the defensive line, on the interior specifically, to play. This problem sounds like a joke, but it’s not to me. Harrison (24 years old) has emerged as one of the Jets’ best overall players (at least so far this season) from the nose tackle position, and Ellis (25 years old) can’t see enough of the field.

Both Harrison and Ellis are mammoths inside who are so efficient in not just setting leverage for the defensive line, but shedding blocks to disrupt the backfield at an incredible rate. It would be an interesting look for the Jets’ defense to feature both of them at the opposite one-techniques on the line, but that’s just not the current scheme and would waste the talents of Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

The argument of depth is always a respectable one, though, and I’m not leaving it out completely. With the Jets constant rotating on the defensive line, you would imagine that both nose tackles get significant playing time. However, Harrison has been dogging it out there for, on average, almost 47% of the Jets’ plays.  Ellis, on the other hand, is only getting in on 14% of the Jets’ defensive snaps. If it seems like a useful tactic to use Ellis as a player to give Harrison some rest, well that’s not the situation at hand, either. Ellis usually sees an entire series or half a series to get the snaps he does. If it were Harrison coming out due to fatigue for Ellis, there would be more sense to the depth argument.

The whole fatigue topic can basically be shut down in general on the defensive line due to how often Rex Ryan uses exotic fronts, anyway. The Jets almost always flash their 4-6 front on pass rushing downs, especially on third down, which excludes the need for a nose tackle altogether. If my counting has been accurate over the season, the Jets didn’t use a nose tackle nearly 35% of the time on 2nd down, which is somewhat surprising.

The final issue of depth is the one that is unavoidable no matter what defensive scheme is being run, and that is injuries. As Jet fans, we’ve seen Kris Jenkins and Sione Pouha go down for extended periods of time, resulting in lapses in the heart of the defense. Ellis is valuable in the fact that the Jets don’t lose too much strength and ability at the nose if Harrison were to go down. Yet with such a great defensive line coach in Karl Dunbar, the hope is that stable depth in case of injury can be found and developed from anywhere. Just look what Dunbar made out of former undrafted free agents in Harrison and Leger Douzable, and even the player he made out of Brian Robison when he was a Viking.  Dunbar’s greatness in development along the line is just insurance, but the question always begs to be asked in the NFL: where is the line drawn between injury insurance and striving for more value?

Good NFL teams typically maintain their depth and eventually get around to improving at other positions. Great teams, however, look ahead and load up by cutting dead weight wherever they can. Teams that are in the middle of a rebuilding stage, like the Jets (not necessarily a bad thing), are in an even better position to expand the talent of their roster if they have value to throw around that could prove more valuable for somebody else. Ellis provides exactly that.

In the end, the argument is a really simple one. Ellis’ ability hasn’t reached its limit yet in his career, and you can bet on it that scouts and talent evaluators around the league have taken notice. You can’t wait too long for him to improve even further, or else his trade stock could take a hit or you’re risking another injury.

Remember, this idea is not a piece discussing Ellis the player; it’s breaking down the value he possesses and why the Jets would be better off getting something more useful in a trade. I would think a fifth round pick would be a realistic price for Ellis, who is still in the young stage of his career. Now, I’m certainly not saying that a player drafted in the fifth round is immediately an upgrade over Ellis as a player. That’s just not the right way of looking at it. A fifth round pick to be developed over the years, however, could definitely prove to outweigh Ellis’ worth to the Jets when you consider how he’s being used.

Lastly, there would surely be a crowd of suitors for Ellis. Teams love raw talent on the interior of their defensive line, especially when the Jets are quite literally showing the rest of the league that you can win games with it. Off the top of my head, the Cowboys stand out as suitors, as they are presumably curious when it comes to upgrading their inside rush with Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher aging and banged up. Dare I say Bellichick and company would bother calling in, also? With Vince Wilfork’s injury, the Pats have a gaping hole and little talent anywhere in between their ends on their defensive line.

This is strictly just a suggestion that I think the Jets would be smart in taking a risk on, and I know that a lot of fans, and even the majority of my TOJ co-bloggers, would prefer to keep Ellis just based on how good he has looked.  All I can vouch for is my love for building a team with wide talent.

It doesn’t have to be done at any time to ensure success, and if they were to make it happen, it wouldn’t have to be done anytime soon. When value comes calling in the NFL, though, teams perk up with attention. The Jets may have a shining opportunity to go peeking for a pick or even a player that would serve a more beneficial purpose to the team down the road with Damon Harrison already so far past Ellis on the depth chart this season.

  • scott

    If all the Jets would get is a fifth round pick, that is NOT good value for Ellis. We drafted him in the third round, and appear to have found a steal for that point in the draft. Trading him two years into his career for a fifth round pick (how many of those have turned out well for the Jets?) would not be a smart move.

  • Lidman

    Michael, I love your point of view on this. This type of forward thinking simply doesn’t happen in the NFL. Sure, you could say Belechick, to an extent, but he trades older, sometimes in their prime, expensive players-Seymour being the most obvious. In a similar vein, I screamed, at the top of my lungs how the NYJ should have been on the phone immediately after the Buffalo game, trying to move Santonio Holmes. Sure, now it looks even brighter because of the hammy issue, but my thought there was: it’s not likely they bring him back even if he has a good to very good year, because it will simply be too expensive. Add to that the number of contending teams who could have used a WR with his ability: SF (who has a ton of picks), Detroit, San Diego (though I think they are a pretender), Car or NE (where he’ll be next year-great route runner. Brady would love him, and make him an All-Pro IMO) just to name a few. I mean they could likely have turned him into a conditional 4th (up to 3rd based on his/team’s performance). I think the NYG are CRAZY if they aren’t trying to trade Nicks. They are in ‘Cap Hell’, and it’s become so obvious they lack talent on both sides of the line of scrimmage, they will not be able to bring him back because there will be a bigger bid away (in many ways don’ the NYG remind you of our beloved Gang Green the past 2 years?).

    Forward thinking teams should believe almost anyone on their team is available for the right price. I mean sell high, and buy low right? In this instance, I’m not saying I don’t agree that exploring Ellis’ trade value isn’t smart. However, getting 5th round pick, for a guy you took in the 3rd round, and is now approaching the potential you believed he had, is simply not getting enough value in return.

    In this season of ‘Rex-urection’ what has become very clear is: Guys play for him and he can flat out coach and develop talent, on the defensive side of the ball. Why give KE away, in a season where you might have a chance to make playoffs for a 5th round player, who’ll likely be a project? I don’t think this good return on equity (where above, I think if they had moved Holmes they’d be able to sell a rich asset because of the supply/demand in balance at the position, for contending teams). Ellis, is still under rookie contract, next year, with a 795k cap number, that alone is huge value. Now, if Dallas wants to talk about Terrence Williams, who would clearly be a solid addition, at a position of need, then I would be fine with trading some of the DL depth away. But, you can’t do this for a 5th rounder. They’ve done all the work, they need to reap the reward.

  • Dalbin

    I’d love trading Ellis if it wasn’t for a draft pick. If we could target some WR insurance or some DB insurance. I do think that Ellis gives you depth, but if you can turn him into a piece that gives you depth elsewhere I don’t think it’d be a terrible move.

  • kilbasar

    I appreciate your thinking outside the box, but this is not a good idea. A fifth round pick will never contribute as much as Ellis already does, and because the DL is the anchor of this team, having great depth there is very important. Keep in mind that the massive bodies at NT are among the most commonly injured; back problems are frequent, just ask Sione Pouha, Kris Jenkins, or… Kenrick Ellis. Having depth at NT is vastly more important than an extra 5th round pick.

  • Anthony

    Nose tackles are simply not easy to find, and they are not as fungible as a 5th round pick. The truth is trading Ellis puts up a Snacks injury from basically where we were last yearv, no nose tackle. What does that do? Basically, you can give back all of the gains the ILBs have gained.

    While the Jets may be “rebuilding” they currently sport an absolutely elite defensive front, and trading off that strength for a potential (perhaps marginal) future gain is ludicrous. If Cleveland called tomorrow and say Josh Gordon for Kenrick Ellis and a conditional pick, I would take that in a minute because we are trading talent for talent. But short of trading a talented player, and filling an immediate need, why bother trading off serious talent and depth?

  • Jesse

    Strongly disagree. Because of the way the Jets drafted under Tannenbaum, Ellis is exactly what they don’t have enough of: a young, cheap rotation player with upside who’s signed through next year. He’s our primary backup at NT, and is good at the role when he gets on the field. Why would we want to trade a guy like that? And moreover, why would we want to sell low on him, since he hasn’t played enough to show he can sustain a full-time role or stay healthy?

    Now, if he gets through the rest of this year and plays well, maybe you think about trading him in the offseason for a pick if you don’t think you’re going to want to resign him (since you’ll be looking to extend several other defensive linemen over the next few years). I can’t see him commanding much money, though, and effective DL depth, especially in Rex’s system, is critically important.

    Basically, he’s more valuable to the Jets than whatever low round draft pick we could get for him, and I doubt we’d be able to draft anyone with his upside.

  • Scott

    I gotta agree with the comments on this one. Why weaken a position of strength for the Jets when this team needs to rely so heavily on them? The offense is starting to come around as seen last Monday but you can hardly consider them a sure thing. The Jets will continue to need the defense week in and week out to play great football, why sacrifice a piece of that machine for such a small return? You invested a 3rd round pick in Ellis, he is producing a very good level (albeit in limited action) and you want to sell him at fifty cents on the dollar? Defensive linemen are like minor league pitching, you can never have enough of them.

  • David J.

    I disagree. You can never have enough depth. Unless someone gave us a proven wideout possession type receiver I would not want to make this trade at all. What if Snacks gets hurt? I thought we were loaded at CB before camp, Berry went down, Milliner can’t stay healthy and now Cro might be out Sunday. Walls and Wilson are the likely starters…. Depth helps.

  • David

    Bad idea to trade Kenrick, unless it is part of a deal like the one mentioned for Josh Gordon. The Jets have had a “depth” problem for years now and it is somewhat nice that they do have some depth at certain positions. Why ruin that?

  • Matr A. Dontelli III

    You wrote all that to suggest trading him for a fifth round pick?!? Is it April first? Sorry, but I just can’t see trading a backup who performs at a starter’s level for a fifth rounder. I don’t see the value in that

  • MackNova

    I like the forward thinking of this, but a 5th-round pick isn’t enough. You spend years developing Ellis until he finally gets good, then you dump him for a later pick?

    If we could get a 3rd-round pick back, this would be a legitimately good argument. But if no one is giving up more than a 5th, then what’s the point?

    You mentioned not wanting to wait in case his value went down. Well, a 5th-round pick isn’t enough for me. I’d rather wait until his value went UP. A 29-year old Kris Jenkins with a major injury history cost a 3rd and a 5th. Obviously, he was a Pro Bowl player, but who says Ellis can’t reach that level? And if his value doesn’t go up, his value as insurance is worth more than a 5th.

  • KAsh

    I have also considered trading Ellis. You have a funny definition of “dead weight,” but he is just too talented to sit on the bench.

    The only issue is that we need a backup NT: they get hurt way too often. Remember last year, when DeVito and Wilkerson were forced into the job? We would need to either include Ellis’s replacement in the trade (Ellis is so young and has yet to solidify his reputation that we are unlikely to get any rawer NT included) or sign a FA alongside the trade. Maybe Junior Aumuvae, who we cut when getting the roster down to 53. We could also wait until the offseason and either sign or draft another backup.

    As for the compensation, first, you should not consider where he was drafted – it does not reflect his worth. Second, he has been injured for long stretches in his short history. If he stays healthy the rest of this season, a second- or high third-round pick should be approximately equal compensation. If you trade him now, a fourth- or fifth-round pick and definitely no higher than a third. Of course, the best option would be to trade him for anothet player of similar talent, development, and youth at a position of need. Maybe a speed rusher, safety, or wide receiver.

  • Frank Antonelli

    The idea merits consideration but the return (5th rounder) is way too low. His upside and low salary are worth way more than that. It would have to be either a 2nd round pick or an immediate starter. If we can’t get that then we just keep him as a valuable rotation player and possible starter due to injury.

  • mike

    the commenters have spoken. it’s an intriguing idea, one that honestly never occurred to me because i’m still waiting for ellis to make his presence felt, and i’ve always thought he has the potential to be an elite DT. nevertheless, it would be an odd decision unless the compensation were equal or higher to where he was drafted, especially considering how many picks the jets already have in the coming draft.

  • John X

    Not happening. We no longer have a Mike Devito to back up the NT. In fact, no one else can play that position. This is a non-starter for that reason alone. Besides, why not keep a player who flashes potential and holds his own when in there? Haven’t we been craving for more and better depth?

    If there’s a potential glut, it’s at CB with Trufant, Hawkins, and Walls playing nickel and dime with Walls being able to go outside not to mention getting Berry back next year. This is why I’d like to see Milliner get to full health before the trade deadline as Kyle Wilson (in a contract year) could have some appeal to some of these CB-desperate teams. Vikings, are you listening?

  • KAsh

    I think the comments have swung too far in one direction. Some (most) are rejecting this trade purely because of depth. That is solvable: get another NT. Maybe your team can make a name for itself developing the biggest men on the field. There is a cheap FA that is strong, fast, and weighs around 350 somewhere out there.

    Ellis is not at the level of a backup. He would start on most teams that field a NT and become the heir apparent on the rest. He is starter-level talent that is benched because of the emergence of an even better player. It is a waste for him to spell Harrison until the 2015 season and it is a waste to us to lose him for nothing at that time. He deserves much more snaps than we can give him. For the right value, this is an excellent trade.

  • Lidman

    KAsh, not really sure what you’re trying to say? I think most comments simply don’t think a 5th round pick is a great ROE. I don’t think possibly losing him, after the 2014 season is, or should be, on their radar now. I’m sure before the beginning of next season, the team will make a decision to extend him, trade him, or just let him play out his option. If nothing else, the 1st 5 weeks should give us confidence Ryan/Dunbar w/the scouting dept, can identify DL talent at both the top and bottom of the draft. If they think Ellis is a player, I’m sure that opinion will be expressed to Idzik, and they’ll maximize his value, with the team or in a trade.

  • lurchdaddy

    You mentioned Nicks in the article…why not swing Ellis/low-round pick to the Giants for Nicks?

  • Good points made by Lidman and KAsh here, and KAsh’ latest comment sums up my whole theory in short pretty well. Thanks for reading and debating, guys.

  • SK

    If I wanted to read about absurd trade ideas I’d just go hang out on JetsInsider.

    Why would a rational GM consider dealing a 3rd Round pick who is on his first contract (e.g. affordable), who we have spent the last few years developing at a position that requires development, who is our backup NT, and who hasn’t proven he is capable of playing a full season at a professional level for a 5th round pick?

    If TOJ is content-strapped, how about 800 words on the pointlessness of the Chris Ivory trade 5 games into the season? 4th round picks are more valuable than 5th round picks. Just saying.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Content-strapped? LOL

  • Really, SK? Clearly you didn’t even take a look at the article, since I surely delivered some considerable reasons why this trade is sensible. And you argument plays right into why I think we should trade him, which is because he would be of greater value somewhere else. You’re wasting talent. THe Jets can get more from a trade than they can with him on the bench.

    I really shouldn’t be responding to those who aren’t even going to give the article and the points I made a chance….c’mon, guys.

  • Sk, you don’t have to agree with Mike and his thoughts on the trade. Frankly I don’t like it or agree!! To say that the article or the site is content strapped is just plain ignorant. The authors of this site makes more valid points and provide better content than any Jets blog you’ll ever read!! Believe me I tried them all before finding Joe and the boys.

  • Lidman

    Lurchdaddy, I can’t say I watch a ton of film, but not sure I’d swap Nicks for Ellis. Nicks has had foot and knee problems, and he wasn’t a ‘burner’ to begin with (believe he was a 4.6 40 guy out of UNC), so it’s likely he’s slowed. More importantly, he’s going to be expensive next year. If Mike Wallace got over $30mm guaranteed, Nicks would have to get at least $20, based on his career numbers. With his injury history, not sure it would excite me, to spend that much on a WR. They are going to have to take care of Mo Wilk soon. I think there is better, ways to spend the money.

  • mk

    WTF are you nuts? A fifth round pick for Ellis? why don’t you just give him away. Go look at the Jets draft picks in the fifth round and see how many ever made the team. Even though Snacks is playing great he has had 4 knee surgeries already. And after watching Jenkins go down from his knee problems how long do you think Snacks is going to last from the pounding and cut blocks at that position? Do us all a favor when you get a idea that is out of the box keep it to yourself.

  • Joe Caporoso

    I can think of one 5th rounder who made the team pretty quickly – Jeremy Kerley.

    You talk about Kenrick Ellis like he is Ted Washington in his prime. He is playing 15% of the snaps per game and has never been better than the team’s 4th DL. It is an outside the box idea but a well-explained one that is certainly worth a read…something I doubt you really did here.

    Keep the ideas coming Mike OC. People gave me same comments when I wrote this a few weeks back – http://turnonthejets.com/2013/09/new-york-jets-should-trade-kyle-wilson/ – A week later, Wilson almost single handily lost the Bills game for the Jets and now he is behind D-Walls on the depth chart and will be behind Milliner when he comes back healthy.

  • joeydefiant

    Kenrick Ellis for a fifth round pick would be incredibly stupid. The Giants showed you can’t have too many big men on the line. They won two superbowls due to having a lot of big men. Also 300+ pound guys rarely last more than a few years in prime condition and get hurt often. The wear and tear on their backs and knees is just too much. The human body was not made to carry all that weight around. If Damon Harrison and/or Mo get injured having Ellis around is great insurance. It also gives them the option to keep their snap counts a bit lighter without losing production/quality.

    Now if the Giants were willing to give up Hakeem Nicks or the Browns give up Josh Gordon or the Saints give up Kenny Stills and/or Nick Toon and a 5th rounder it might work. Anything less than a 2nd round pick (which I doubt they can get) is not worth it.

    You trade him for a 5th rounder and then what? Draft another DT/NT and hope he turns out to be as good as Ellis??? Doesn’t make sense…

  • joeydefiant

    Having a great talent on the bench is better than having a great talent on another team. because his talent is being “wasted” doesn’t mean give him away. That makes 0 business sense for the Jets.

    Redskins have Kirk Cousins on the bench. They should just give him away because “And you argument plays right into why I think we should trade him, which is because he would be of greater value somewhere else. You’re wasting talent.”

    Doesn’t make sense for the team trading the talent away. a 5th round pick is nothing, you get the same caliber of player as a UDFA.

  • joeydefiant

    If Kenrick Ellis was placed in the draft right now he would go in the end of the 1st/early 2nd round.

  • mk

    I read all of it, so you want to take a good back up DT that can probably start for the team that you drafted in the third round and developed and trade him for a fifth round pick? You must of thought the Vilma trade was a great deal. Also you make it sound like Ellis has been injured every year that he has played. He was only injured last year by an illegal block that was ignored by the league and a weight lifting accident this year. So keep giving away talent for the chance of finding a Kerley but the track record for fifth round picks has been pretty poor(look it up). I don’t understand how you give up known talent for the unknown draft pick, especially when the starter has a history of knee problems.

  • KAsh

    I’ll repeat it once again: Ellis’s spot in the draft and training does not matter. They are known in economics as sunk costs, i.e. resources expended that cannot be recovered. You cannot get back the third-round pick used to select him or the time it took to train him; ergo, these things should not weigh in on your decision.

    What is Ellis worth? It is higher than a fifth-round pick. He would be an immediate starter on most teams. Nose tackles are still drafted fairly low (though exceptional ones are starting to break through into the first round), so a single second- or third-round pick would be equal compensation.

    But then you have to include his track record. It is not a pretty picture. This is his third season in the pros and he has never managed to stay on the field for the full season. Going back to his college days, he has missed time and games for one reason or another almost every year. I am not trying to knock on Ellis, but it does not look good when shit always happens to you. This diminishes his value (no matter what excuses you come up with) in the eyes of GMs that are considering making him a full-time starter. Everyone has to come off better in a trade: Ellis needs the opportunity to showcase his talents in a larger role, the other team needs a steady, talented player, and the Jets need to improve the other units.

    The Chargers and the Steelers are being held back by their nose tackles, but the ideal trading partner would be the NFC’s Eagles. The only downside would be that the Eagles lack the talented non-starters that we might want to trade Ellis for.

    Depth is important. But Ellis is a “bad” backup: he does not offer a veteran presence for the starter and, at best, his potential is marginally higher than Harrison’s. Get another NT after trading him. Get Pouha. He can still play, if it is for less than 3 out of every 20 snaps.

    Ellis will not sign an extention because he would make a lot more money as a FA. Idzik would be stupid to offer starter money to a backup. Playing against him would suck, but he is gone anyway. Trade him and maybe what you get in return will make another part of the team as good as the DL.

  • John X

    You guys are assuming Ellis nets a 5th rounder as your justification. He won’t. He can’t stay on the field. And to simply make a trade when you would then need to swing a trade to replace that player is fricking (insert adjective here)!!!

    And how can anyone state with a straight face that Ellis will command too large a contract to be able to be re-signed? Based on what? How many career starts does he have? How many tackles? Sacks? Assists? More than this, how many games has he missed due to injury? Give me a break! He’s not going to break the bank, not by a long shot and if you think so, maybe you need to justify a case that includes more than simply “potential”. Potential doesn’t get you huge signing bonuses at the end of your rookie contract. And besides, he was drafted in 2011. Are you all saying his contract is up? When did rookies sign 2-year contracts?
    I’m shaking my head.

  • John X

    KASH, you are a totally contradicting your point. You probably can’t see that but you are.

  • Geronimo

    Idzik isn’t going to trade Ellis this year. Both he and Harrison are under contract through the end of next year. After that, they are both RFAs, with Harrison’s qualifying offer being somewhat less than that of Ellis. This means both are here, for two more years, for not-so-much money.

    Further, Ellis’s value is currently discounted. He is a talent, but is he one of those guys who can’t stay on the field? Nobody knows, right now. As the situation stands, that is OK. But to trade him now means getting (probably) a fifth round pick for what could be a much more valuable player.

    The team has two years to decide, and to showcase both players to the rest of the league. If Idzik extends Harrison or Ellis in the next two years, or if he just decides “this is our guy”, that’s when he looks to trade the other.

    Time is on our side, here. Barring (further) injury, Ellis’s trade value will only go up during the next two years. All the guy has to do is contribute for a full season, even in a platoon role.

    Why not let him do that?

    I’m partial to Ellis. The big dude gets at it. The big dude hustles. I was expecting a breakout year from him.

    It could still happen. It would be a good thing. No fan is going to complain about an “NT controversy”. Come trade time, any such attention will only help the team.

  • Mark Phelan

    Trade Ellis but not for a draft pick!

    Jets have lots of needs: OLB, Safety, healthy CBs that can tackle, WR, TE (I’ll believe it when I see it for more than 2 games), KR. Swap Ellis

    On the other hand, our DL is world class. It can absorb an injury.

  • KAsh

    The Jets only have one year and a few weeks to try and trade Ellis. His contract ends after 2014. You can no longer trade him after the 2014 deadline. If he stays healthy and in games, his value will increase until the end of this year. Then, it will decrease because his contract has him signed for less than a year; the teams that would try to trade for him in 2014 would be those trying to make a playoff run and thinking that a better NT is the piece they are missing (not too many of those in any given year).

    Ellis signing an extention would be weird. He has shown in the time that he has been on the field that he is a dominant nose tackle that is trapped on the roster by a slightly better nose tackle. But to the Jets, Ellis’s value is determined by his on-field contributions, which he does not get enough of. Vince Wilfork makes $6.5 million this year; we cannot pay our backup, Ellis, even half of that. Rather than force him to waste two years of his life making meagre money and sitting on the bench, why not trade him to a team that would use him and which would then give him the salary he deserves?

    As for replacing Ellis with another NT, like I said, get Sione Pouha. Veteran leader, Pro Bowler, and fan favorite familiar with the defense, would not require a lot of money, whose only issue of durability would be negated by only playing in 14% of the snaps. You do not have to trade for another NT. Many of them would kill to get back in the league.

    Finally, I quite like the idea of trading Ellis to the Eagles. Their defense stinks. Their current nose tackle is not cutting it anymore. But their offense has depth at wide receiver and tight end. As long as they do not offer Riley Cooper, this has the makings of a good trade.

  • joeydefiant

    So, Ellis has no value and can barely be traded for a 5th round pick. But he is going to command a huge salary in free agency at the end of 2014?? Sorry, try again. These big guys get hurt often. There is a good chance Harrison is injured before the end of 2014 at which point Ellis could be inserted as the starter. The Jets already are going to have more than enough picks in the draft.

  • Geronimo

    Oops you are right. Harrison is RFA 2015, but not Ellis…