This week, an interesting idea has been floating around the internet; should a team like the New York Jets try to trade for Allen Robinson? A trade of a young injured player, who is on the last year of a rookie contract could make a lot of sense for both teams. If the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t plan on franchise tagging Robinson anymore due to his ACL tear in week one, it would make sense for them to trade him for some draft compensation they can use immediately, along with insuring compensation for a player like Robinson leaving. Similar to the case of Sheldon Richardson, the Jets would not have received any compensation picks for him leaving due to the players they would have signed in free agency. If the Jaguars move on from Blake Bortles as expected, they will likely have upwards of $30 million in cap space, which if spent on quality players would take away from the pick they would have otherwise received for A-Rob. But why would the Jets make this trade?
This trade actually makes a lot of sense for the Jets. Many people will say that the Jets should keep all of their draft picks, and only look to accumulate more draft capital. While I agree they should try to get more picks by trading away veterans, I don’t think they should avoid making moves that will improve the team in the long run. This season does not matter for the Jets. The Jets are going to be bad, they will likely be a bottom three team in the NFL, and leave the 2018 NFL draft with their future franchise quarterback. That QB will likely come into a team similar to the current roster, one that is lacking talent. Next years free agent class of wide receivers has the potential to be filled with plenty of young talented players like Jarvis Landry, Terrelle Pryor, Alshon Jeffery, Sammy Watkins and more. It is going to be loaded. However, the odds are that Watkins will be tagged in St. Louis, and there will be plenty of suitors for the other guys as well. Any of them that care about winning likely won’t come to the Jets. Ensuring the ability to bring in a young stud wide receiver lead the young group of Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, ArDarius Stewart, and Chad Hansen would be a wise move by GM Mike Maccagnan. Giving up a fourth round pick to acquire Robinson would give the Jets the ability to franchise tag him if they cannot work out a deal. Allen Robinson is an elite talent and is the prize of the free agent wide receiver class, and bringing him to New York would be a great move. It may not help this season, but that doesn’t matter, this season is all about building for the future.
Another injured player Maccagnan should consider trading for is Teddy Bridgewater from the Minnesota Vikings. If Sam Bradford continues the level of play he performed at in week one, that will likely be the end of Bridgewater in Minnesota. Both Bridgewater and Bradford are free agents at the end of the season, and if Bradford plays at a high level this season, at 30 years old, the Vikings may move forward with him as their franchise QB. Teddy Bridgewater is a former first round pick, who was pretty good in his first two years before tearing his ACL in training camp before last season. Bringing in Bridgewater for the second half of this season to see if he can be the guy for the Jets, allowing them to draft a LT or edge rusher in the draft would not be a bad decision. The argument against bringing in Teddy is a very valid one too. Acquiring Teddy Bridgewater would make the Jets better and could lead to a couple extra wins this season. That could knock them out of the top three picks of the draft, causing them to lose the opportunity to get their number one QB. With a very strong QB class, ending up with the third or fourth best quarterback may not be so bad, but when choosing the player to lead your franchise, you want to have all your options available. If the Jets are set on drafting a quarterback no matter what in the draft, then they should not bring in Bridgewater.
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