The New York Jets took Darron Lee with the No. 20 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. A couple of years later, the AFC East franchise is trading him.
Lee, who has 241 career tackles and 4.0 sacks, is being sent to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports.
Kansas City is reportedly sending New York a 2020 sixth round pick.
Trade: Chiefs and Jets agreed to trade terms for LB Darron Lee, league source tells ESPN. A 6th-round pick in 2020 for Lee, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 16, 2019
It’s been an eventful 24 hours for the Jets, who fired their general manager, Mike Maccagnan, earlier this morning.
“The more I looked, the more I realized that I wanted to move on,” owner Christopher Johnson told reporters. “It was only through diving deep into the organization, it was only through going through this particular offseason deeply that I understood how this organization was lacking in certain ways.
“This isn’t a decision that I could’ve made at the end of the season. I could with Todd. I could not with Mike.”
Former #Jets first-rounder Darron Lee was on his way out under the old regime, and is sent out by the new regime. Meanwhile, the #Chiefs get a first-round talent who hasn’t played like one for the low price of a 6th rounder. And Lee starts fresh.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 16, 2019
The Jets’ new head coach, Adam Gase, is reportedly becoming more involved with player personnel decisions. It appears he felt it was best to move on from Lee.