Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan spoke on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at the NFL Blend in Indianapolis.
Andy Vasquez, Team Writer, @andy_vasquez
INDIANAPOLIS — A yr back, the Jets traded up to the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft to snag their quarterback of the upcoming, Sam Darnold.
On Wednesday, general manager Mike Maccagnan still left no question that the Jets are the moment once again eager to make a move. But this time, the hope is that the Jets trade down from the No. 3 pick, probably with some quarterback hungry staff that is eager to pay out the suitable price.
“Suitable now we really feel superior at No. 3, but I’d undoubtedly say if there is an prospect to trade down, we would totally glimpse at it,” Maccagnan stated at the NFL Blend. “If we conclusion up selecting a participant at 3, we’ll really feel genuinely superior. If there is an prospect for us to move back again and purchase far more picks, that’s a thing we’d undoubtedly be most likely intrigued in. It would have to be the suitable kind of deal, but I undoubtedly would not rule everything out at this position in time.”
And Maccagnan even stored open up the chance of building with an unlikely associate that is on the lookout for a quarterback: the New York Giants.
The Jets and Giants have never made a main trade, which is comprehensible presented the chilly relationship among two groups that have put in the last 50-additionally yrs battling for superiority in New York and New Jersey. But Maccagnan stated he’s eager to take into consideration swapping picks with the Giants – who nevertheless have no obvious successor to Eli Manning – as a trade associate.
“As extended as the trade made sense to us, there is nothing at all that would cease us from carrying out that,” Maccagnan stated.
The Giants have the No. 6 overall pick, and pinpointing the value of a swap should not be hard because the Jets made the exact leap much less than a yr back.
Past March, the Jets held the No. 6 pick in the draft right before they swung a deal with the Colts to move up to No. 3. It expense them 3 next-round picks (two in 2018 and a single in 2019) to make the move.
So would Maccagnan require the exact return from the Giants?
“We’ll cross that bridge if we get to it,” Maccagnan stated with a laugh. “Like each individual trade you do, we have charts, we have trade values. My individual view is, if you are hoping to go chase a quarterback, it’s what the sector is, and then some.”
If the Jets ended up equipped to get 3 next-round picks, it would undoubtedly speed up their rebuild – outside of quarterback and defensive back again, the Jets have holes all over their roster. But getting that kind of compensation, from the Giants or any person else, is no lock.
Past year’s class of quarterbacks – headlined by Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen – was regarded as a single of the better groups in latest record. This yr, Ohio State’s Dwyane Haskins and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray are the only consensus 1st-round picks, and neither is projected to go in the prime 5.
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But Maccagnan, probably in an instance of wishful considering, stated this year’s quarterback class is comparable to last year’s.
“[Last year] there [were] a lot of folks hoping to place, move all around a minor little bit, go and purchase a quarterback,” Maccagnan stated. “I believe there may well be a similar condition this yr, we’ll see. And if there is, if there are groups out there on the lookout to go chase a quarterback, I believe we’re in a fairly superior place to be in.”
If the Jets come to a decision against building a trade, they could unquestionably uncover a video game-altering participant with the No. 3 pick in the draft. At minimum a single standout move rusher will be available at No. 3: Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Kentucky’s Josh Allen, or Ohio State’s Nick Bosa. Any of these guys could immediately completely transform the Jets’ protection.
They are going to also have the prospect to update the roster extended right before the draft the Jets have all around $100 million to commit in absolutely free agency. And Maccagnan hinted strongly that the Jets will make a huge splash.
“We have a lot of cap place,” he stated. “We had to prepare for what we want to complete in absolutely free agency. I believe we’ll be extremely lively in absolutely free agency. There are a lot of different players out there we really feel extremely strongly about that can help us. Once more, you never know how those people markets are heading to create. I believe, from our standpoint, it’s generally about hoping to make confident we do deals that, they may well be viewed as getting intense, but they are deals we really feel superior about heading forward.”