NFL Trade Rumors: Will New York Jets Make Trade to Replace Derrick Mason?

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Derrick Mason #85 of the New York Jets makes a recpetion against the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL Season Opening Game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets pulled off a surprise trade with the Houston Texans yesterday, shipping Derrick Mason away for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, according to ESPN New York.

This move made sense for both parties. Mason was apparently a disturbance in the Jets locker room, while the Texans need a receiver in case Andre Johnson misses an extended period with his injury.

Rex Ryan’s squad has been awful as of late. The team needed a wake-up call and a change of pace. While the trade did exactly that, it leaves them painfully thin at the wide receiver position.

Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress are the only two proven receivers on the roster, with promising rookie Jeremy Kerley now assuming the No. 3 duty for the team.

James Walker of ESPN’s AFC East blog mentioned that making another trade to bring in a new wide receiver isn’t outside the realm of possibility. However, who would the Jets target and who is available?

There isn’t much out there in the way of big name wide receivers. At this point in the season, teams are pretty much going to war with what they have, but a few under-the-radar guys could be asked about by the Jets.

I personally think they should look into getting Jerricho Cotchery back on the roster. He has done absolutely nothing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the team is likely going to cut him at some point, anyway.

He could be brought back for very cheap, he is effective and knows the Jets offense. They really didn’t appreciate him until he was gone and now is their chance to redeem themselves.

I can’t imagine it taking much more than a conditional seventh-round pick to get him, which is exactly what the Jets received from the Texans for Mason.

It just makes perfect sense for both parties.