The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m., but a few teams have already made deals during the last week.
The Jets are among the teams that have made a trade attempting to improve their roster.
Gang Green acquired running back James Robinson from the Jaguars for a conditional 2023 sixth-round pick after Breece Hall tore his ACL in the team’s win against the Broncos on Oct. 23.
At 5-3, the Jets could decide to be buyers instead of sellers since, currently, they would be in the postseason if the playoffs started today. Peter King wrote in his Football Morning in America that the Jets and the Dolphins are both interested enough to consider trading a first-round pick for Broncos edge rusher Bradley Chubb.
However, according to a league source, the Jets are not interested in trading for Chubb at this time.
“Joe will always take phone calls,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “As far as activity, it depends on what the other person is saying.”
At 3-5, the Broncos have been one of the more disappointing teams in the league. So trading Chubb makes sense because he is due to become a free agent at the season’s end. Whoever acquires Chubb would owe him $7.1 million for the last 10 weeks of the season.
Should the Jets get involved in the Chubb sweepstakes? Not if it requires a first-round pick. One of the strengths of the Jets team is their defensive line and Jermaine Johnson should return from an ankle injury, if not this week against the Bills, but after the team’s Week 10 bye week.
Also, Chubb will be a nine-game rental unless the Jets feel they can re-sign him long term. Chubb has missed 24 games because of injuries during his first four years in the league. He has also played an entire season once and that was his rookie campaign in 2018 when Chubb registered 12 sacks.
This year, Chubb has 26 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four tackles for loss in eight games. He certainly would provide help on the Jets defensive line as he would team up with Carl Lawson and Quinnen Williams. But adding Chubb, especially for a first-round pick, is a luxury, considering the other issues plaguing the Jets at the moment.
The offensive line is an area the Jets should try to upgrade, as they have questions about if or when left tackle George Fant will return this season after injuring his knee in the loss to the Bengals last month. Fant was scheduled to come off injured reserve last week, but Saleh said it could be after the Jets’ bye week after their game with the Bills this Sunday.
Max Mitchell is also scheduled to come off injured reserve this week, but Saleh also said he won’t return before the bye.
Mitchell injured his knee on Oct. 2 against the Steelers.
COULD MOORE BE TRADED?
Although the Jets certainly are in the position of buyers, they have a disgruntled player on their roster.
Wide receiver Elijah Moore has already asked the team for a trade after his role decreased, but the Jets declined. Saleh told reporters Monday that Moore would be on the team’s roster past Tuesday’s deadline.
In the 22-17 loss against the Patriots, Moore played just 10 snaps and was targeted once. This was even with Corey Davis out due to a knee injury he suffered last week.
What was more confusing was Moore’s comments about the lack of chemistry with Zach Wilson, as he said “he didn’t know.” He also said he did not regret the trade request while the Jets were on a four game winning streak.
“I don’t wish I hadn’t kept it inside, I just wish that everything that comes with it didn’t get out to y’all [media],” Moore said Sunday. It is something that all of us battle with.
“It’s crazy when you really think about it. Not to disrespect anybody, but you guys are watching somebody’s life and you get to say anything that you want to say. We have to respond and be somewhat humble way of getting disrespected.”
After averaging nearly four catches a game during the first 14 games of his career, Moore’s production dwindled after Wilson’s return from injury. Since that point, Moore has just four receptions for 64 yards on nine targets.
With Garrett Wilson replacing Moore as the Jets’ No. 1 option and Denzel Mims, who was inactive the first six games of the season, even receiving more snaps, the Jets could decide just to cut their losses and move Moore.
Davis, who missed Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to a knee injury, will be day-to-day, according to Saleh. So potentially, he could return against the Bills this weekend.
Davis has 19 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. Davis’ knee injury isn’t considered serious.