With the 2009 NFL Draft coming up this weekend, the Jets will have a number of options when it comes to trading their first-round pick.
Jets trade up in the first round
This is one thing I hope the Jets avoid, though, when Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum has traded up and sometimes into the first and second rounds, he has always grabbed the player he wanted in each of those drafts (2007 - traded up in the second round to pick linebacker David Harris, 2008 - traded up into the end of the first round to grab tight end Dustin Keller).
Obviously, if you covet a player that much, then go get him. The only bad thing about trading up for the key player you want is that it is going to cost you draft picks.
If the Jets do happen to trade up, there could be a few players that they could be targeting. Of the names that I would expect them to grab if they move up include defensive end Tyson Jackson, quarterback Mark Sanchez or wide receivers Jeremy Maclin or Michael Crabtree.
Possible trade partners include the Bengals at No. 6 overall, perhaps to jump in front of the Oakland Raiders to take one of the top two wide receivers. The Jets could also try to leapfrog the Denver Broncos, who own the No. 12 in an effort to pickup Tyson Jackson if he falls.
The Broncos and Jets both would love Jackson as he is the best pure 3-4 defensive end in the draft and would slot right in as a starter.
Right now, with only six draft picks to their name, the Jets would be wise to keep them and fill their holes needs at defensive end, wide receiver, quarterback and both depth on both the offensive and defensive lines, instead of trading away their entire draft to find just one marquee player.
Jets trade down in the first round
Trading down may be the best scenario that the Jets could foresee. As it stands, they currently own just six picks in the draft, but at least one more pick would be nice.
If the Jets don't have a player fall to them that they are in love with at No. 17 overall, the Jets could look to trade down to the near tail end of the first round and pick up an additional second or third-round pick, perhaps.
Potential trade partners could include any team in the end of the first round who would like to jump above the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to grab quarterback Josh Freeman. I wouldn't expect Freeman to get past No. 19 with new Bucs coach Raheem Morris' ties with him from his days at Kansas State.
Supposedly, they have coveted Freeman for months. Don't even doubt the Buccaneers trading with the Jets to jump ahead of the Bears, to ensure that a team doesn't trade with the Jets or Bears to grab Freeman in front of them.
Other teams I could see the Jets trading down with include the Atlanta Falcons, which would give the Jets the No. 24 overall pick and would place them above the Dolphins, Ravens, Giants, and Titans, all of whom could look to take a wide receiver in this area of the draft.
Of the possible names that could be available to them later on at the tail end of the first round include wide receivers Percy Harvin, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Kenny Britt, Hakeem Nicks, cornerbacks Vontae Davis, Alphonso Smith or Darius Butler, and defensive lineman Peria Jerry.
Jets trade their first round pick to the Cardinals for Anquan Boldin
Personally, I don't think Boldin is wearing green and white next season. He is a tremendous player, but I just can't see the Jets going out and trading their first-round pick and possibly another mid-round pick for Boldin.
Boldin would be a solid compliment to Jerricho Cotchery at the wide receiver position, but have similar skill sets that would not work well. A trade for Boldin would also have to include a new contract.
Are the Jets willing to put money for another long-term deal with another veteran player? Leave it to Tannenbaum to find a way to fit everyone under the cap, though.
I wouldn't rule out the Eagles as a destination for Boldin. They have already traded one of their two first round picks when they acquired offensive tackle Jason Peters from the Bills, but still own the 21st overall pick in the draft this weekend.
Another unlikely scenario that would add another competitor to the tri-headed quarterback battle currently in New York. The Jets could swing a deal with their former head coach Eric Mangini in Cleveland that would send Brady Quinn to New York.
Quinn would easily cost the Jets their first-round pick, and probably another mid-to-late round draft pick.
If the Browns fall in love with Mark Sanchez or Matthew Stafford with the No. 5 overall pick, and he falls to them, the Browns could part ways with Quinn. At this point, I wouldn't expect Quinn to move without that happening though.
Jets trade their first round pick to the Browns for Braylon Edwards
I feel Edwards will end up playing in the Meadowlands next season, but he won't be wearing a Jets jersey. I think the Giants and Browns will eventually hook up and find a way to reach an agreement on a deal that puts Edwards in Giants blue.
Though, if somehow the Jets have interest in Edwards and find a way to reach a deal for him, it would definitely cost them at the very least their first-round pick. Perhaps, the Jets could sweeten the deal by tossing in a Mangini favorite such as Brad Smith. Like Boldin, a hefty contract will soon follow with his arrival.
Jets trade for Browns quarterback Derek Anderson
I hardly think this one will happen, but if it does, it may have a better shot of happening between the first and second days of the draft or even after the draft is finished. The only way Anderson is likely dealt is if the Browns pick up a quarterback early on in the draft within the first couple of rounds.
Anderson comes a $1.45 million base salary for 2009 with a $50,000 workout bonus and a $7.45 million base salary for 2010 and a $2 million roster bonus.
With that said, Anderson could be had for cheap and likely a late-round pick just to have a team take him and his salary off their hands for the next two seasons. The 6'6", 230-pound quarterback tossed 29 touchdown passes in 2007.
As I stated above, I wouldn't doubt a growing interest from around the league if the Browns grab a quarterback to replace his spot on the roster in the draft this weekend.
Jets trade disgruntled running back Thomas Jones
The AFC's rushing leader from the 2008 season is upset about his contract. So far, he was one of two players who did not join his teammates at the voluntary minicamp that new head coach Rex Ryan held this past week.
This one could drag well through the summer months too. I eventually see the Jets and Jones either reaching an agreement on a new contract or Jones, being the professional that he is, returning to camp without a new deal in place.
When the Jets acquired Jones, they rewarded him with a nice four-year, $20 million, with $12 million guaranteed, which Jones happily signed. The deal also paid him $13.1 million over the first two years of the deal, which has occurred, as he is now in the third year of the four year pact.
Jones is now due a $900,000 base salary for the 2009 season with a $100,000 workout bonus and $2.8 million base salary in 2010 with an additional $100,000 workout bonus and a $3 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the league year.
Two years ago, Jones got what he wanted, and signed the deal. Why is it a problem now? As far as I'm concerned, honor your contract.
In the unlikely case that Jones is traded, I couldn't see the Jets getting much more than a third-round pick at best, and even that is pushing it. Yes, Jones was the AFC's leading rusher, but any team who wants to pick up Jones will have to give up a mid-round pick for a running back on the wrong side of 30 and a new contract to keep him happy.
In the end, I see Jones coming back, perhaps, the Jets will guarantee the rest of his contract and/or give him a little raise. Either way, I expect the Jets to address this position in the draft.
If I had to pick one from this list, I would definitely put my money on the Jets trading down and recouping an extra pick in the middle of the draft somewhere. Should be fun!