5 Ideal Trade Scenarios for the New York Jets This Offseason
There are so many sensible trades in the NFL, it's a surprise that almost none of them are made. Most trades occur during the draft, or right around it.
I believe the New York Jets' two best assets to include in any trade scenario is Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes.
Yes, Cromartie, part of the dynamic cornerback duo the Jets gave a contract to before last season.
He is tradeable because second-year cornerback Kyle Wilson was much improved last season. Wilson could come into the starting role left by Cromartie and would provide not much drop off, if any.
As a third CB, Wilson had 41 tackles, two interceptions and six pass defenses. As a starter, Cromartie had 45 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass defenses.
Cromartie also was out of position at times last season, causing him to get burned by opposing receivers and was called for a number of pass interference calls.
If the Jets can get a player that can provide some much needed help on the offense side, it would make sense to deal him.
If you can convince a team to take him off your hands, you have to try, right?
Then again, who knows—maybe the two valentines have worked everything out already.
The last big trade the Jets made was during the 2009 draft when they traded their 17th and 52nd picks, along with Bret Ratliff, Keyon Coleman and Abram Elam to move up to move up 12 spots to select Sanchez.
Here are five trade scenarios that are ideal—which means they would probably never happen, but it's fun to try.
Santonio Holmes for Darren McFadden
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Why the New York Jets do it: First of all, to rid themselves of malcontent Santonio Holmes. Second of all, to get an explosive running back who produces and can provide a perfect pairing with the pounding style of Shonn Greene.
When healthy, Darren McFadden can look like a franchise back. Before going down last season, McFadden was off to great start with 761 all-purpose yards, four rushing TDs and one receiving TD in his first six games.
It's a risk, but it may be worth it.
Why the Oakland Raiders do it: To help out Carson Palmer, who they went all in on with last season's trade, the Raiders grab a legitimate No. 1 receiver to play opposite Darrius Heyward-Bey. Heyward-Bey can be their deep threat, while Holmes can work as more of a possession receiver.
They also can give up on the oft-injured McFadden to free up money for Michael Bush in order to make him their feature back.
Antonio Cromartie for Chris Cooley and Third-Round Pick
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Why the New York Jets do it: With the subtraction of Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson will move up into the starting role, giving the former first-round pick the time to flourish.
Also, to get another pass-catching tight end in Chris Cooley. Cooley would provide another weapon in two tight-end sets and will only benefit incumbent Dustin Keller.
He would also give more protection to Mark Sanchez, as he is a good blocker.
The Jets can also get a quality player in the third round, possibly another corner back to play under Wilson—relieving all the money committed to their secondary.
Why the Washington Redskins do it: The Redskins do this trade because they already have Fred Davis in place to take Cooley's spot. With Davis and Cooley, Washington has a lot of money tied up at the tight end position. Cooley has the big contract, as he is owed $3.8 million next season. This trade will let them go with the younger, cheaper option in Davis.
The Redskins would get a top end, talented CB in Cromartie to play opposite DeAngelo Hall, improving their secondary.
Bart Scott and Fifth-Round Pick for Legedu Naanee
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Why the New York Jets do it: The Jets do this to try to get something back for an aging, declining Bart Scott. They would probably have to throw in a low pick to sweeten the deal. It could be a better solution than just cutting him.
At 6'2", Legedu Naanee, who is a former QB, would give Mark Sanchez the tall receiver he is going to miss with the departure of Plaxico Burress. Last season, Naanee had 44 receptions for 467 yards and a TD, as he is still learning the position.
Why the Carolina Panthers do it: The Panthers had one of the worst defenses in the league last season as they were statistically ranked 28th. Bart Scott may have a rebirth of some sort while providing some veteran leadership in their locker room.
The Panthers can also get younger by trading Naanee and drafting a new receiver with the fifth-round pick to grow with Cam Newton.
Antonio Cromartie, Bart Scott, 16th Pick for Bucs First Round Pick
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Why the New York Jets do it: The Jets would give up Antonio Cromartie, Bart Scott and their 16th pick to get the Trent Richardson, the best running back in the draft. This move would get them back to their ground-and-pound game immediately.
The thing is, would this package be enough? Tampa Bay would probably want a second-round pick as well.
Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do it: The Bucs do this to get a quality corner back in Antonio Cromartie and a linebacker in Bart Scott—who is on the decline, but can still produce—to add to a defense that ranked 30th in the league last season.
They also could get an impact player with the 16th pick who would come cheaper than their first-round fifth pick overall.
Santonio Holmes for Taylor Mays and Third-Round Pick
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Why the New York Jets do it: The Jets do this to get a 6'3'', 230 lb. safety in Taylor Mays to replace Eric Smith.
Mays had all the potential coming into the NFL, as he was a three-time All American and All-Pac 10 player at USC. He was also one of the three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's best defensive back.
This move would be all about Rex Ryan, as he would be burdened with maximizing Mays' promising talent.
With the third-round pick, the Jets can possibly draft Santonio Holmes' replacement if Nick Toon or Mohamed Sanu fall.
Why the Cincinnati Bengals do it: The Bengals do this to pair Santonio Holmes with A.J. Green to give Andy Dalton another weapon. Green and Holmes could form one of the best WR duos in the league.