Jets GM Joe Douglas Says 'Nothing Materialized' in Denzel Mims Trade Talks

Erin WalshAugust 31, 2022

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The New York Jets were unsuccessful in finding a trade for wide receiver Denzel Mims, who requested a move last week, general manager Joe Douglas said Wednesday.

"Fielded some calls. Ultimately, nothing materialized, especially anything that we would consider the right value for a player of Denzel's talent and ability," Douglas told reporters.

Connor Hughes of SNY reported the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers all inquired about Mims but balked when New York asked for a fourth-round pick.

Mims' agent, Ron Slavin, commented on his trade request Thursday, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo:

"It's just time. Denzel tried in good faith but it's clear he does not have a future with the Jets. Denzel vowed to come back better then ever this season and worked extremely hard in the offseason to make that happen. Still, he has been given no opportunities with the starting offense to get in a groove with them.

"We feel at this point a trade is our only option, since the Jets have told us repeatedly they will not release him. Joe Douglas has always done right by Denzel and we trust he will do everything in his power to find another team where Denzel can be a contributor."

The Jets selected Mims in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft out of Baylor. In 20 games across two seasons, he caught 31 passes for 490 yards, failing to live up to his draft status.

The 24-year-old has been buried on the depth chart by Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios. In addition, the Jets made a splash in the 2022 draft by selecting Garrett Wilson with the 10th pick out of Ohio State.

Mims played three preseason games this summer, but he didn't step up until the final game, catching seven passes for 102 yards and one touchdown.

He finished with 12 catches for 170 yards and one score.

Mims told reporters Wednesday that he felt like he did enough to convince the Jets that he should see the field more often. However, he acknowledged he doesn't believe he'll get more playing time.

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A number of franchises could use help out wide. While teams might not be willing to pay the price for Mims now, they could closer to the trade deadline, especially those in playoff position.


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