INDIANAPOLIS – A year after making a big commercial success in the draft, the New York Jets are willing to do the opposite if the price is right.
General Manager Mike Maccagnan, speaking Wednesday to reporters during the NFL scouting campaign, placed a "For Sale" sign on the selection of the Jets, third overall.
"At the moment, we feel good third, but I would certainly say that if there is an opportunity to negotiate down, we will look at it absolutely," he said.
Of course they would do it.
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The Jets, with many holes in their lineup, would like to recover the interim capital they spent last March. To move from sixth to third, after choosing quarterback Sam Darnold, they sent three second-round picks to the Indianapolis Colts.
This time, they hope that a thwarted quarterback team will be eager to do what it did a year ago. One of these teams could be the New York Giants, who, coincidentally, own the sixth choice.
Local rivals have not traded since 1983 – and it was only a minor transaction – but Maccagnan said he will not dismiss any team.
"Yeah, I think I would be open to any team that would," he said, questioned specifically about the Giants. "As long as trade seems logical to us, nothing prevents us from doing it."
The Jets called the Giants when drafting 2016 about a possible recovery, but their bid was lower than the price demanded by the Giants. A year ago, they never contacted the Giants, who came in second and chose Saquon Barkley. The Jets assumed that the Giants would have demanded their 2019 first-round pick and they did not want to part with it.
If they were three, the Jets would have the choice of defensive side Nick Bosa, defensive forward Quinnen Williams or linebacker Josh Allen, the best non-cons in the repechage.
Maccagnan acknowledged that the Jets could be better off with several choices instead of a high choice.
"If we choose a player at three, we will feel really good," he said. "If we could go back and buy more choices, that's something we might be interested in. It would have to be the right kind of agreement, but I would not want to exclude anything for the moment."
Unfortunately for the Jets, there are not as many teams needing a quarterback and the best quarterback prospects as a year ago, so the market might not be robust. Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray are considered the only potential picks in the top 10. Yet Maccagnan is hopeful.
"If there are teams looking to chase a quarter," he says, "I think we are pretty well placed.I do not necessarily like the way we got the third pick, but it's a good choice to have. "