It’s Saturday morning and that means WILD TRADE THOUGHTS brought to you by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, who is on the beat for the New York Jets.
This morning, a Jets fan posed an interesting question to Cimini: What are your thoughts on this trade speculation for an outside pass rusher (obvious need)? Do you think Teddy will be trade bait?
Cimini immediately had two names in mind — Dante Fowler and Shane Ray.
As you mention, Ian, it’s a huge need. The problem is that it’s a lot harder to find a pass-rusher than a wide receiver. Two names have emerged in speculation — Shane Ray and Dante Fowler. The reason is because they’re former first-round picks whose fifth-year options weren’t exercised, meaning they will be free agents after the season.
I wouldn’t put too much stock in the Ray rumors. He recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his surgically repaired left wrist, which could force him to miss the start of the season for the Denver Broncos. He’s way too risky.
Fowler is the name to watch. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a surplus at defensive end and they probably won’t be able to afford Fowler at the end of the season because they have so much money invested in defense. Based on that school of thought, yes, he could be available, but it won’t be a fire sale. Fowler, drafted third overall in 2015, is coming off an eight-sack season and he’ll only be 24 years old this season.
In a way, the Jaguars are in the same situation with Fowler as the Jets were with Richardson. They knew they couldn’t keep Richardson, so they got what they could.
The argument against trying to add Teddy to your quarterbacks group is that his knee is still largely an unknown. You’d be trading away a legitimately valuable trade asset (this year, at least) for a huge question mark.
On the other hand, Cody Kessler and Tanner Lee ain’t it and those are the only quarterbacks on your roster not named Blake Bortles, who was handed a short leash in the way of a $24 million contract extension earlier this year.
What do you think? Would you add Teddy to this team for a player in Fowler who, by last year’s snap counts and this year’s first round investment in defensive lineman Taven Bryan, is a backup defensive end?
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