Days after losing top edge rusher Carl Lawson to a season-ending Achilles rupture, the New York Jets once again find themselves in the market for a pass rusher.
New York paid top dollar to land Lawson, signing the defensive end to a three-year contract worth $45 million. The organization hoped in Robert Saleh’s system, the 26-year-old would take the next step in his career and become one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.
But Lawson ruptured his Achilles during practice this past week, sidelining him for the entire 2021 season. Now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets are exploring trades for an edge rusher to help fill the void.
Let’s examine three potential trade targets for the Jets.
New York Jets swing big with Chandler Jones trade
Chandler Jones isn’t happy with his situation in the desert. The All-Pro pass rusher asked the Arizona Cardinals for a trade amid a contract dispute. If the Cardinals aren’t willing to pay him, Jones is happy to play elsewhere and he might like a return to the AFC East.
Jones missed a majority of the 2020 season with a torn biceps, but he is fully healthy. He can still be a dominant player, as demonstrated by his 61 career sacks across five seasons with the Cardinals. New York desperately needs someone who will create some pressure and Jones’ 169 career quarterback hits demonstrate that ability.
In terms of the cost to acquire him, New York could offer a 2022 second-round pick and a conditional pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. If Jones plays a certain number of games and agrees to a contract extension, the conditional pick could be a Day 2 selection.