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INDIANAPOLIS – A year ago, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan knew he had to go from No. 6 to No. 3 in the repechage to prepare for a quarter of a franchise. Now with the quarterback Sam Darnold on board and choice # 3 once again in his pocket, he could be on the market to get off.
And yes, he would even be ready to move to No. 6 at an exchange of choice with the giants – if he gets an offer that he can not refuse.
"Yeah, I think I'll be open to any team, as long as it makes sense," Maccagnan told the NFL scouting match on Wednesday. "There is nothing stopping us from doing that."
It's an agreement that makes sense on the surface, especially if the Giants decide that the time has come for them to write Eli Manning successor. The reality is that the quarterback that they desire – no matter who it is – is not a lock to stay at 6 o'clock. If the Giants reached 3, they would be in a much better position.
But at what cost? Last year, it took three second-round picks for the Jets to win three spots. This year, Maccagnan explained that the price could be higher than that as teams start struggling to put themselves in a position to take a quarter.
"We have graphics, we have commercial values," Maccagnan said. "My personal opinion, if you are trying to chase a quarterback, it's sort of the market, then a few."
This is the "and then some" that could make the task difficult for the Giants, who have no choice of third round (they used it in the extra draft on the corner half Sam Beal last year) and have many holes to fill. It would not be out of the question for Maccagnan to ask for a first round pick, especially as he moved away to allow rivals from the Jets to chart their quarterback of the future.
Their could be other contenders, too. The Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 7), the Denver Broncos (No. 10), the Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and Washington Redskins (No. 15) could all be interested in a quarter.
Adding choices seems like a good choice for the Jets, although Maccagnan seemed to be able to stay in his place.
"You know, right now, we feel good in third place," he said. "But I would certainly say that if there is an opportunity to trade down, we would consider it absolutely – if we had to pick a player at 3, we would feel very good."
However, as the project gets closer, Maccagnan expects the Jets market to warm up.
"If you look at last year's draft, there were a lot of shifts, and I think a lot of people have been trying to position themselves and move a bit to get a quarterback," Maccagnan said. "I think that there could be a similar situation this year, we'll see.
"If there are teams looking to qualify as quarterback, I think we're pretty well placed, I know there are definitely three good football players in this year's draft." So if we have to sit there at 3 and pick a player, we'll be very happy with that too. "