Should the New York Jets trade for Trent Williams and spend the 11th overall pick on a playmaker?

New York Jets, Trent Williams

Should the New York Jets consider Trent Williams more seriously with team’s looking to land a top tackle early in the draft?

The New York Jets may have spent a ton of money this off-season to reassure the offensive line, but more work needs to be done if Sam Darnold wishes to remain upright in 2020. One option is to target Washington Redskins tackle, Trent Williams, who has been demanding a trade for quite some time now.

While the Jets are still interested in one of the league’s top left tackles, Conner Hughes of The Athletic believes that they are not the front runners for his services.

The Jets have made a call to Washington to gauge his price, but it seems as if they are asking for far too much. With the 11th overall pick, the Jets to hold plenty of value and gaining a third-rounder from the New York Giants in the Leonard Williams trade helps, but if they are looking for something upwards of a second-rounder, it is unlikely the Jets take the bait.

The Jets have been interested in Williams for quite a while, dating back to March. The Redskins are reportedly looking for a second-round pick, and the Jets hold the 48th overall selection, but they just invested in former Seahawk George Fant and are in a situation to grab a top-tier tackle in the NFL draft, keeping the positional cap-hit down.

However, Williams represents immediate talent and is proven in the NFL. He is far better than the player’s general manager Joe Douglas signed this off-season, but there are still positions that need to be filled, notably at wide receiver, cornerback, and on the offensive line.

With rumors indicating teams with high picks in the first round are committed to drafting a tackle, the Jets might not have a choice but to part with a second-rounder to land a proven talent like Williams.

New York Jets: Three Trade Proposals for Trent Williams

Landing the veteran blocker would situate the New York Jets’ offense in an enviable spot. How can they pull it off?

The New York Jets have gotten a lot done this NFL offseason. But their work isn’t over yet.

Floating rumors continue to propose that the Jets may seek a trade with the Washington Redskins to acquire offensive tackle Trent Williams. Improvements have been made on the offensive line to the tune of adding Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and George Fant. But adding someone like Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler, could be a move that truly revolutionizes a Jets offense seeking traction for backfield saviors Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell.

How can they bring Williams in? ESM explores three possibilities…

Proposal 1: 3rd round pick (79th overall) for OT Trent Williams 

Washington is in need of a second day two draft pick, having traded their second-round choice in a pick swap with Indianapolis last year. The Jets are blessed with a miniature surplus, earning extra draft capital from the New York Giants at the 2019 trade deadline (from the Leonard Williams deal). There’s still plenty to work on when it comes to the Jets’ roster, but the solidification of the offensive line ensures that they don’t technically need as many draft picks as first envisioned. Essentially “drafting” Trent Williams in the third round with a pick obtained from the Redskins’ NFC East rival would a surprise to be sure, but one the Jets would hardly argue about.

Proposal 2: LB Avery Williamson, 6th round pick (211th overall) for OT Trent Williams

The Jets still have several names that could be let go in the name of cap savings. Brian Winters’ ousting would save them just over $7.2 million, but his starting experience and potential for depth might sway the team to let him stick around. More tenuous is the situation of linebacker Avery Williamson, who would add $6.5 million to the cap if bid farewell by June 1.

Matching savings would come to the Jets if they deal Williamson (entering the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract) in a trade. The Jets have done a decent job in bolstering their linebacker depth this offseason. They convinced Jordan Jenkins (career-high 8 sacks) to come back on a one-year deal (worth an astonishingly affordable $5 million), brought in C.J. Mosley’s Baltimore teammate Patrick Onwuasor, and welcomed back solid depth men Neville Hewitt and James Burgess. Thus, Williamson is a bit more expendable than he was a week or two ago. If that caveat helps the Jets give up a less valuable draft pick for Williams (the 191st was acquired from Kansas City for Darron Lee), that could play into their favor.

Proposal 3: 3rd round pick (79th overall), and/or 6th round pick (179th overall)/a player for OT Trent Williams and WR Trey Quinn

With the offensive line relatively bolstered, or at least in a far better position than it ever was in the Mike Maccagnan era, the Jets have other areas of their offensive to worry about. They’re in desperate need of receivers now that Robby Anderson has left for Charlotte. Le’Veon Bell may need depth behind him with both Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery up for free agency. The Jets can perhaps use a trade with the Redskins, provided they’re willing to give up a little more, to bolster these spots.

Quinn would be an intriguing developmental prospect that could flourish in an expanded role. 2018’s Mr. Irrelevant has dealt with injuries, but has shown potential in his brief time (35 receptions, 273 yards, 2 touchdowns). The Jets previously took on Washington system receivers Josh Doctson and Jehu Chesson. Further veteran secondary help on the Redskins’ depth chart includes cornerback Fabian Moreau.

As for who the Jets would give up in such a trade, it’s possible they could part ways with a veteran blocker (i.e. Jonotthan Harrison) or defender (John Franklin-Myers?). If it saves them valuable draft capital, that might be the way to go.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets reportedly enter Trent Williams sweepstakes

New York Jets, Trent Williams

Adding the seven-time Pro Bowler from Washington would do wonders for the New York Jets’ future offensive prospects.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the New York Jets are looking into a trade for Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams.

Williams, 31, has been granted a request for a trade, and the Jets are one of several teams vying for his services. The Oklahoma alum has reached seven Pro Bowls during his time in Washington and made an All-Pro team in 2015.

Things have since soured between he and the Redskins after Williams was highly displeased with a medical procedure reported in April 2019. Williams had a growth removed from his head that was later revealed to be a type of cancer. Team doctors previously told Williams that the situation was not serious back in 2013.

Williams did not play in any games last season. He was activated in October but failed a medical exam when he experienced helmet discomfort due to post-surgical soreness. The Redskins drafted Williams fourth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

New York would be a very compatible match for Williams. The Jets are in desperate need of blocking help, especially with talents like Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell manning their backfield. They allowed 52 sacks last season (third-worst in the NFL) while Bell posted the worst full-season tallies of his career. Eleven different blockers started at least one game on the line after injuries (including ailments to offseason additions Ryan Kalil and Kelchi Osemele) claimed several victims.

Adding Williams would also help make up for lost time in the Jets’ draft room. Prior to the selection of USC tackle Chuma Edoga in the most recent third round, the team had taken a lineman during the draft’s first two days since Vlad Ducasse in 2010 (second round). Getting a veteran like Williams (who is in the final year of a five-year, $68 million deal inked in 2015) could also potentially allow the Jets to use their upcoming first-round pick (11th overall) on a skill player.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants could trade Nate Solder and pursue another left tackle as replacement

New York Giants, Nate Solder

With rumors popping up that the Cleveland Browns are interested in trading for New York Giants left tackle, Nate Solder, it begs the question: Does it makes sense?

Solder carries a massive cap-hit into next season at $19.5 million, but Big Blue has an out in his contract after 2019 that would count $13 million dead cap. With a lack of trusted left tackles in the league, sending him on his way and taking that type of hit would be ludicrous, but trading him, however, is a great alternative.

With the Browns prickling their ears for offers, sending him for a mid-round pick would be a great idea, on one condition — the Giants have a capable replacement for him.

Currently, on the roster, there’s nothing that resembles a left tackle, not that Solder has looked any better than a turnstile this season. Getting anything from a monster deal like his would be positive, and getting his massive cap hit off the books would be a benefit. It would open up nearly $20 million in cap space and give general manager Dave Gettleman the green light to draft a top tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Who could the New York Giants pursue at left tackle?

Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins seems to be the most glaring option, given his quality in the past and $14.75 million cap hit next season. He will also only cost $2 million in dead-cap if the Giants wanted to cut him for whatever reason.

Williams requested a trade from Washington months ago after concern surfaced over a medical clearance. He has since sat idly by while the team holds onto his contract and pays him to sit on the couch. It seems like a pretty sweet deal to me, but with the trade deadline closing in, the Skins could be using him as leverage to gain draft capital. If you’re the Giants, trading Solder and snagging Williams would be a fantastic turn of events.

In 2018, the last time Williams featured in the NFL, he earned a PFF grade of 74, compared to Solder’s 64 this season. It would be a massive upgrade for a lesser cost, but the capital that would be exchanged for the left tackle would likely make up the difference in play-quality, plus some.

This hypothetical looks fantastic on paper, but it would take a lot of luck for a double-deal like this to happen.

New York Giants: Should The Giants Get Involved In The Blockbuster Trade Talks?

The NFL is about to be set on fire. Multiple blockbuster trades are “imminent” and could go down within the next 24 to 48 hours. Luckily for the New York Giants, all players involved in these trade rumors are at some of the Giants’ positions of need.

The Giants have been a poor team for the past two seasons, finishing 3-13 then 5-11. New York has numerous holes on the roster, causing them to sink to the bottom of the league in recency. But now, with only two weeks until the 2019 regular season kicks off, the NFL is about to see a few star players traded. These players could fill some gaping holes on the Giants’ roster.

The Offensive Tackles:

Trent Williams:

Trent Williams, a stalwart left tackle from the division rival Washington Redskins is likely to be traded. Williams has been having a dispute with his team and has made it public that he has no intention of playing for Washington ever again.

This leaves the Redskins in a slippery situation where they need to trade one of their team’s best players. They were offered a first-round pick from the Patriots but declined this offer. The price for veteran Trent Williams is steep and the Giants already have a starting left tackle in Nate Solder. So this is a trade that the Giants likely would not be able to make.

Laremy Tunsil:

The Dolphins are in the middle of a total rebuild. Miami has 500-1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2019 and is looking to collect more assets. This could mean a departure for the team’s young and impressive offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Teams have inquired on Laremy Tunsil and made trade offers, but the Dolphins have declined the trades. But maybe the Giants could send an enticing offer to Miami. Tunsil has the ability to play left tackle or right tackle. The Giants do not need a left tackle, but they could use an upgrade on the right side.

Laremy Tunsil is an excellent pass-blocker. In 2018, Tunsil allowed only 2 sacks on the year. This would be a massive upgrade at right tackle. Mike Remmers allowed 7 sacks last year and Chad Wheeler allowed 5. Tunsil is 25 years old and heading into a contract year. If the Giants acquire Laremy, they will have to pay him, but they will receive a building block for the future on their offensive line.

Tunsil will not come cheap. If the Redskins want more than one first-round pick for Williams at 31 years old, the Giants might be looking at a similar price tag for Laremy Tunsil. If somehow the Giants can get Laremy Tunsil without giving up a first-round pick, it would be an incredible acquisition.

Jadeveon Clowney:

The Giants’ pass-rush has been disappointing in the preseason. Lorenzo Carter has not mustered a sack and there have been times where opposing quarterbacks have been able to sit comfortably in the pocket for extended periods of time. The Giants could make a blockbuster trade to help resolve this issue.

Former first overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney is on the trade block. He is expected to be traded in the coming days. Clowney will come with an enormous price tag but would be a mega upgrade for the Giants’ defense. Jadeveon had 9 sacks in 2018 and will look to increase that number with a team where he is the main pass-rusher.

Clowney is considered an elite edge defender according to Pro Football Focus. They note that he is much better against the run but still an above-average pass-rusher. Either way, the impact would be felt tremendously for the Giants. His run-defense is elite and the Giants’ defense struggles in both facets of the game.

All three of these players will come with extremely high price tags, but Jadeveon Clowney’s would be the highest. A trade for Clowney would require at least one or two first-round picks and some high-caliber players, too. These trades will get made soon, and the Giants should definitely consider getting into the trade talks. But the price tags might prove to be a smidge too high for Dave Gettleman and co.