There have already been a number of trades inside the top ten of the 2016 NFL Draft, including two teams moving up to the first and second picks. Before Los Angeles Rams made their big move over a week ago, it looks the New York Jets were looking to move up to that spot.
Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan told the New York Daily News that his team was looking to make that move before the Rams did, but they could not work out a deal. He said that the team had called the Tennessee Titans about making the trade.
“The short answer is yes,” Maccagnan said Friday at his pre-draft press conference. “The short answer is we inquired.”
Much like the Rams, the Jets were looking to move up just so they could draft a quarterback. This means that the team could still be looking into drafting one, but Maccagnan insists that Ryan Fitzpatrick is still their guy.
“We like Ryan very much, we feel we have a very good situation for Ryan here,” Maccagnan said. “He’s a very good fit for us too, so hopefully at some point in time we can work out an agreement on a contract. We have to do what’s in our best interest both short and long term and try to do something that will facilitate a deal, but again, it may take some time.”
Fitzpatrick had a very good season for the New York Jets last year. In fact, he had the best statistical season of his 11-year career, throwing for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns, both career highs, while leading a team to a winning record for the first time.
There is no telling where the team is going to go, but it certainly looks like they may want to at least bring in a quarterback to learn under Fitzpatrick and then take over one he inevitably continues his nomad career in the league.
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