The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are not having the seasons they had hoped for with second year quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold under center. With the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching, the two teams, which have combined for three wins, could be moving in very different directions.
The Jets are just 1-5, with the lone win being the surprising upset of the Dallas Cowboys a few weeks ago. Obviously, Sam Darnold’s unfortunate bout with mononucleosis was a major setback, that likely cost the team a win or two.
The team is pretty well out of the playoff race, with the New England Patriots doing what they do and the Buffalo Bills riding one of the NFL’s best defenses to a 5-1 record. Even in a down AFC, the playoffs would require a crazy run by the Jets.
As a result, you might see the team selling for assets down the road before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, talented defensive lineman Leonard Williams and wide receiver Robby Anderson are two names to watch. The wide receiver market has been particularly active in recent weeks, with significant players like Mohamed Sanu and Emmanuel Sanders being dealt.
“The Jets have been receiving calls about defensive lineman Leonard Williams and wide receiver Robby Anderson, according to sources. The Cowboys were among the teams that called about Williams and expressed interest, but then they traded for former New England defensive lineman Michael Bennett, taking them out of the mix for Williams.”
The Browns are fighting in the other direction.
The team entered with pretty lofty goals this season, and even at 2-4, they’re not ready to abandon them quite yet. Cleveland’s offensive line has been a major issue, and they could be in the market for a new left tackle.
“The Browns have been calling around the league, seeking help at offensive tackle, according to league sources. The Browns benched starting left tackle Greg Robinson for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, with Justin McCray likely replacing Robinson — for now.”
The NFL trading block has gotten more active over the last few years. We could see it really blow up a bit this fall.