Most Jets trade rumors 2021 point them out as sellers, as it’s not a secret that the New York Jets are far from being a contending team and it will take years before they’re ready to take a step forward.
Then again, if Robert Saleh and the team want to turn the narrative around, boost the team’s morale, and prove to Zach Wilson that they truly believe in him and his potential, they could still try and make a couple of moves to make a late push in their division.
Even if they’ve fared poorly to start the year, the New England Patriots aren’t what they used to be, and the Miami Dolphins are a big disappointment, so they could still try and make a run at a Wild Card berth behind the Buffalo Bills.
Jets trade rumors 2021: Top targets
Of course, Zach Wilson‘s injury was a major blow for the Jets this season, not because of their ability to compete but because of his development. He was finally starting to look more comfortable and was improving on a week-to-week basis.
On the flip side, Wilson being out could be a bit of a blessing in disguise for them, as newly-acquired Joe Flacco could give them a slightly better shot at competing this season.
But for that to happen, they also need to make moves, so let’s take a look at some Jets trade targets before the 2021 deadline.
Kyle Fuller has been linked to nearly every team around the National Football League and for very good reason. The reality is that he’s been a disappointment for the also disappointing Denver Broncos, who are likely to be sellers during the deadline.
But Fuller is still a bona fide player and a proven veteran who might just need a change of scenery to be back at his best.
Moreover, it’s not like the Jets’ secondary could get any worse, and in the worst-case scenario, he could be a bit of a mentor for them.
Fuller is the ultimate low-risk/high-reward pickup for any struggling defense, and God knows no defense has struggled more than the Jets’.
Joe Douglas hasn’t exactly been successful with the New York Jets and some believe that he’s in the hot seat already.
That means that he needs to find someone he trusts to turn things around quickly, so he might as well look for a familiar face in Derek Barnett, who he worked with during his days with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles are trying to rebuild and Barnett is in the final year of his contract, so they could be better off by just moving him right now. Douglas drafted him and he’d be a huge improvement when it comes to their pass-rush, which is one of the worst in the league right now.
As you can tell by now, most of the Jets trade targets focus on fixing their terrible defense.
But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t also add more firepower to their ranks and O.J. Howard has been the odd man out on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski joined the team.
Even with Gronkowski on the shelf nursing a rib injury, Cameron Brate has soaked in most of the tight-end targets from Brady.
Howard is a great blocker and an even better pass-catcher. He’s perhaps the best offensive player they can realistically aspire to get ahead of the trade deadline, and the Bucs’ logjam at that position may force them to part ways with him at a discount.