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2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Players the New York Jets Should Call About

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2013 NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Players the New York Jets Should Call About

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The New York Jets are one of the surprise playoff contenders in the NFL this season, and as we approach the NFL trade deadline the Jets could be one of the teams looking to make a move to bolster their roster. GM John Idzik will make some inquiries, but he shouldn’t be too aggressive.

The Jets are still a team that is focused on building for the future, so if they are in fact looking to be buyers at the deadline then they must be careful. The Jets should only be looking to trade for players that going to have long term value for their team, not a quick fix. The Jets are only a fringe playoff contender, and giving up a draft pick for a highly priced veteran would be foolish.

There are a few areas of need that the Jets could look to address at the deadline. Wide receiver will be a commonly discussed position for the Jets, as will the need for another pass rushing outside linebacker. The Jets would love a ball-hawking safety, and they could use a pass catching running back.

There will be some speculation on a few big names and their potential destinations. Buffalo Bills free safety Jarius Byrd will be one of the most talked about players, and he would be a perfect fit for the Jets. However, there is no chance the Bills trade him within the division, if they even move him at all.

Hakeem Nicks and Maurice Jones-Drew could be available, and both would represent major upgrades for the Jets. However, the cost of these two players in terms of both salary and trade value will be too much for the Jets.

Keep in mind that major NFL trades are extremely rare, and this will in all likelihood be another deadline that passes without anything of significance. However, teams will still do their due diligence, and these are a few players that could interest the Jets.

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5. LaMichael James

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The San Francisco 49ers clearly have no interest in using LaMichael James, as the second year running back has only been active twice this season. James was an exceptional receiver and return man in college, and he simply needs an opportunity.

Having lost Mike Goodson for the season, the Jets could use an upgrade at third down back and kick returner. James would provide both, cheaply, and he could become a key player in the future. The Jets would be well served to investigate his availability.

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4. Kenny Britt

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Kenny Britt is one of the few players who is actually likely to be traded, as he clearly has no future with the Tennessee Titans. I speculated on the possibility of Britt landing with the Jets in free agency a month ago, but the team could decide to skip that stage and make a trade for him.

Britt is very talented, but he has had numerous injuries and off the field issues. However, the Jets could use a big play threat at wide receiver, and the Titans are probably willing to pretty much give Britt away. This is a chance for the Jets to get a major steal.

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3. Major Wright

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The Jets’ safeties have exceeded expectations this season, but they still lack a playmaker. The Jets have only two interceptions this season, and they need a ball hawk in the secondary. Major Wright is in the last year of his contract with the Chicago Bears, and he would be a perfect fit for the Jets.

Wright had 4 INTs last season and has 2 this year, and he has shown the ability to play centerfield and make plays on the ball. If the Bears aren’t looking to extend his contract then they could be interested in getting some value for him. This is the least likely trade of the five on this list, but it can’t hurt to ask.

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2. Josh Gordon

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Josh Gordon is the one guy that seems almost certain to move at the deadline. The Cleveland Browns seem to be done with him, likely due to his off field antics. On the field, Gordon has 77 receptions for 1,255 yards and 7 TDs in 21 career games, and with better quarterback play he could become a game changer at receiver.

The Jets could use a big play threat, and Gordon has a world of potential. He would be a huge asset going forward if he got his head screwed on straight, but the Jets may not be willing to take that risk. Gordon is high risk, high reward, so it will all depend on the price.

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1. Jabaal Sheard

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For all the talk about wide receivers, in my opinion the biggest need for the Jets is a pass rushing outside linebacker. Quinton Coples has done nothing this season, and Calvin Pace is not a long term solution. Jabaal Sheard only has one year left on his rookie contract, and the Browns have the highly paid Paul Kruger and the highly drafted Barkevious Mingo at outside linebacker, making Sheard expendable.

Sheard is a very good pass rusher, with 17 sacks in 36 career games. He would be an instant upgrade for the Jets, and at just 24 years old he is also a long term solution. He wouldn’t be cheap, but Sheard has the potential to be a Pro Bowl pass rusher. If the Browns are reasonable on the price, then the Jets need to make this deal.

Greg Sulik is a New York Jets writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @GregSulik or add him to your network on Google