Will Parkinson recaps the Jets’ eventful trade deadline day.
The Jets made just one trade-deadline move and that was to acquire Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Kansas City Chiefs for Tight End Daniel Brown.
Duvernay-Tardif is a veteran guard who is in the last year of a 5 year, $42.5M deal. He ranked in the top half of the league (20th overall) from 2015-2017 as a Right Guard. He struggled more in the last two seasons before opting out in 2020 due to covid and returning home to Canada as a registered doctor to aid in COVID-19 relief. Duvernay-Tardif is 30 and looking to regain his early career form and was willing to waive his no trade clause to the Jets to do so. The Jets have a glaring weak spot at RG currently and “LDT” has every opportunity to come in and earn that job right away. In this move, the Jets traded away veteran Daniel Brown, a special teams ace who had previously been cut earlier in the season. Brown was able to be moved to help give Kansas City about 1 million dollars of badly needed salary cap relief.
A few names for the Jets that had been floated in trade rumors were Marcus Maye, Jamison Crowder and, as of late, Denzel Mims. According to a league source, teams made calls on all 3 players but the Jets said no every single time when it came to the 6’3″,high upside wideout out of Baylor. The Jets’ front office was never going to move a premium pick just 12 months after drafting him just because of a up and down training camp and first few weeks. Mims led the Jets in snaps for WRs Sunday and had a few nice moments–the dropped touchdown aside.
When it comes to Jamison Crowder, teams did make calls on him but felt the Jets were never serious about moving him because they knew they didn’t want to take away an important weapon for their young QBs. Crowder is a very productive player in just his age 28 season and has massive respect around the locker room.
Lastly, the biggest name of the bunch, Marcus Maye, Maye has been floated in trade rumors ever since he was not able to agree to an extension back in the spring time. He is owed around $6.5M on his 2021 deal and can be franchise tagged or extended this offseason. The Jets were asking for a 2nd or high 3rd round pick for Maye, according to league sources, and contending teams weren’t willing to pay that price AND take on that kind of salary. The Jets’ only option would have been to essentially buy the draft pick, but with Maye’s talent and leadership it was clear a trade would not materialize the past few weeks. Overall, it was a very quiet trade deadline for a Jets team that is likely at least 1 or 2 years away from contending but is trying to win football games in the present.They got better today, even if it was just in a minor way. Keeping your best players while adding at a position of need for good value is a win-win.