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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Jets GM says team is ‘very open’ to trading back in draft

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It makes plenty of sense for the New York Jets to explore the possibility of trading back from the third overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft, and general manager Mike Maccagnan has made it clear to teams that he is willing to do just that.

While speaking with reporters on Monday, Maccagnan said the Jets are “very open to potentially moving back from three.” He said moving up can be ruled out, but pick No. 3 is very much for sale.

“We’d definitely be interested if another team came with an offer that we felt was worthy of moving out of the spot. We would definitely consider that,” Maccagnan said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “Not to say we’re committed to doing it, but we’d definitely be very intrigued by that.”

Maccagnan said he has already had some talks with teams about trades, but they have more been about gauging New York’s asking price. The Jets currently do not have a second-round pick after they traded up in the first round to draft Sam Darnold last year, so trading back from No. 3 and trying to recoup a second-rounder would make a lot of sense for a team not in need of a quarterback.

The Jets are reportedly open to making other significant trades prior to the draft outside of just moving back from No. 3. With all the massive free agent signings they have made this offseason, they may feel they can afford to pass up on the type of impact player they would get in the top five.

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