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Lord Destructo Reviews the Jets Deals


This is Lord Destructo, Jets Beat Reporter, with an in-depth look at the wheeling and dealing the New York Jets front office has been involved this season before the all important Draft that awaits the new ownership.

 

Jets Owner Mitchell Murray decided early on in his tenure that his roster full of aged and mostly CFL caliber players needed a desperate overhaul. He quickly went to work securing several young players and draft picks needed to help lift his team out of the cellar.

 

Lord Destructo’s Trade Grades:

 

 

Broncos Trade:
2017 4th (Eagles)

2017 5th (Eagles)
2018 2nd (Broncos)
OLB Shaq Barrett,
S Jordan Richards
HB Isaiah Crowell

Jets Trade:
OLB Chandler Jones

 

This trade has turned out to be a key cog in the rebuilding process for the Jets. Several draft picks acquired and using Shaq Barrett in a future trade for a bonafide superstar has made this first trade a very good one. The afterthought throw-in Isaiah Crowell has turned out to be a huge blessing, his improvement has dramatically increased his ceiling and potential trade value. Crowell’s addition has given the Jets flexibility with the Running Back situation.

 

Grade: B+

 

 

Titans Trade:
TE Cameron Brate
2017 2nd (Raiders)
2017 5th (Titans)
2017 5th (Steelers)


Jets Trade:
TE Eric Ebron

 

A trade that offered great reward for a decent young player. The front office looked that the TE swap as almost an even trade with the opportunity to gather picks along with Brate as a no-brainer. The future trade of Brate negates the some of the positivity of this trade but on the merit of this trade alone Lord Destructo feels the Jets made moves that helped the team going forward

 

Grade: B

 

 

 

Texans Trade:
WR Chris Hogan
QB Cardale Jones
2017 6th (Steelers)
2017 6th (Lions)
2017 6th (Cardinals)

 

Jets Trade:

QB Eli Manning

 

Eli’s years are winding down and the Jets looked for an opportunity to add a young arm with potential, a starting Wide Receiver in their thin WR corps and several picks. Cardale has not made the progress the Jets have hoped and Hogan’s injury has made the trade even more questionable as the season has progressed but the Jets front office is hopeful of making wise draft decisions and getting the most out of this deal.

 

Grade: C

 

 

Patriots Trade:
2017 1st (Colts)
2017 7th (Patriots)
Jordan Jenkins LB

Jets Trade:
Jeremy Maclin WR

 

Maclin has not had the year to really make the Jets regret their decision in making this trade. The Jets were able to use their 1st round acquisition in a trade later to get what they hope to be their QB of the future. The additional pieces were picked up to help depth and hope to find a diamond in the rough that can break the two-deep in the future.

 

Grade: C+

 

 

Texans Trade:

CB Marcus Williams
TE Jordan Cameron
DE Hauoli Kikaha
2017 2nd (Chiefs)
2017 5th (Packers)
2017 7th (Chargers)

 

Jets Trade:

CB Sam Shields
TE Cameron Brate

 

The front office has mixed feeling about this trade. They are thrilled with the draft picks secured for the future and Coach Bart Scott is thrilled with the addition of Marcus Williams. The Jets coaching staff sees this young Corner as a Nickel Back with the ceiling of a #2 Corner. Kikaha is a nice young piece to the puzzle but where the Jets are regretful is the move of Brate for Cameron. The trade made sense at first, take a young proven commodity in exchange for the Harvard product, however Brate’s production and Cameron’s injuries have made this a lopsided part of the deal. The Jets could very well have traded away their starting Tight End they would have penciled in confidently for years to come.

 

Grade: B

 

 

Packers Trade:
QB Trevor Siemian
2017 7th (Packers)

Jets Trade:
2017 1st (Colts)
2017 2nd (Raiders)

 

The trade that raised eyebrows around the league. Lord Destructo was puzzled by the trade as well but the Jets assure this writer that they are pleased with the return. The quote buzzing around Hempstead, NY was “If you can get your future QB, you make the move. If you can get your QB with only moving acquired picks it becomes a no-brainer”. The Jets staff are pleased with Siemian’s progress and are hopeful they have their QB for the next 10 years. The final cost was high but it frees up their options at the top of the draft and they are excited about Siemian’s future.

 

Grade: C

 

 

Texans Trade:

2017 4th (Seahawks)
2018 3rd (Texans)
RB Dujuan Harris

 

Jets Trade:

RB Jonathan Stewart
2017 7th (Packers)

 

A trade motivated by the need to get younger. Stewart’s best years are behind him so they used him as the carrot to bring back two picks and a young speedy RB. This trade will really be able to be judged with the contribution of the two mid-round picks but the Jets are happy with moving on an aging star for the chance to draft potential future starters.

 

Grade: B-

 

 

Titans Trade:
LT Chris Clark
2017 2nd (Colts)

Jets Trade:
LT Greg Robinson

HB Arian Foster
2017 4th (Bills)
2017 4th (Seahawks)

 

The Jets couldn’t be happier with this trade. Robinson at one point looked like a 10 year bookend Tackle but he has turned into an unmitigated disaster. The swap of Tackles was essentially a draw and the Jets were happy to package retiring Foster and two mid round selections to get another pick in the top 60 of the upcoming draft. Jets were able to pull off a strong trade with only days left before the deadline.

 

Grade: A-

 

 

Steelers Trade:

2017 4th (Raiders)
2017 4th (Bills)
DE Zach Kerr

Jets Trade:
LT Eric Fisher

 

A quick trade to gather up picks in the same draft range that the Jets had previously traded away. Kerr has potential and the mid-round picks have to be put the good use but the Front Office is happy, while Coach Scott is left frustrated by his current O-Line options

 

Grade: C+

 

 

Browns Trade:
HB DeMarco Murray


Jets Trade:
OLB Shaquil Barrett
2018 2nd (Jets)
2018 4th (Jets)

 

The Jets are ecstatic with the bringing in of a true superstar playmaker. Murray has the chance to be a difference maker when the team is put together in the manner in which ownership is envisioning. The Front Office traded a nice player in Barrett and two picks that do not impact the upcoming 2017 NML draft for what they hope is the key component in their offense going forward.

 

Grade: B+

 

Hempstead, NY cell towers were put to good use during the trade window. Not all trades were winners, but the Jets brain-trust is pleased with what they were able to secure for the future. They feel they have acquired their QB, HB, and with Terrelle Pryor’s emergence, WR of the future.

 

As an aside, this reporter can say that he heard rumblings that the Jets may be willing to move back in the draft when it rolls around and teams looking to move up to make a big score could very well have a chance to land in the Jets projected top 5 selection. There were also rumblings that some other Veteran players could be on the outs to make room for the tremendous amount of draft picks that will be looking for roster spots so the Trade Train has not left Long Island quite yet.

 

Lord Destructo saying J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets, Happy New Year everyone and piss off.