Unless you've been on a deserted island for the past few days, odds are that you've heard the news: The Jets traded four draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts so they could move up to No. 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft, guaranteeing themselves a shot at a franchise quarterback.
The Giants have been really quiet this off-season and draft rumors have been wide-spread but scarce. Compare that to the $10 million for one year given to Josh McCown, $20 million for one year given to Sam Bradford and $36 million for two years given to Case Keenum and the Bills look like bargain shoppers. Of all the quarterback-needy teams out there who would covett the Colts' number three overall pick, it was none other than the New York Jets that acquired it. If Barkley is on the board they will obviously go that route, if not, perhaps they trade down. With the first three picks looking likely to be quarterbacks, the Colts will stave have a chance to get a premier player after the Browns and Broncos select fourth and fifth. Mayfield seemed the biggest hope for them. Remember: It was a season that began with people thinking the Jets were going to end up with one of the first or second or third picks in the draft simply by being one of the worst teams in the league.
Some sportswriters and fans are saying this is an essential trade for the Jets that will enable them to finally find a star quarterback. Honestly they could trade up to number five and it will cost them less and could likely still have Allen.
A first-round pick out of Tennessee in 2009, Ayers spent the first five years of his career in Denver before a two-year stint with the Giants and the last two seasons in Tampa Bay.
The only way this offseason comes back to bite Beane and the Bills is if the team is unable to get a top quarterback, and there is severe regression on offense in 2018.
Brooks, who saw lots of playing time at safety and on special teams, was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after Week 3 with two interceptions against Miami. In speaking with Sports Illustrated's Peter King on Friday afternoon before the Jets made their trade, Beane said he wasn't ready to make such a move.
One thing is certain: The Jets are getting a quarterback. This will allow them to pick the best available player at the 4th pick. If Mayfield is gone it's possible that either Josh Allen or Josh Rosen would fall.
The Cowboys are interested in signing Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.
Of course the Dolphins could go a completely different route and take a linebacker which is a big need. And consider, too, that Jets' success this decade in drafting quarterbacks in early rounds is slightly worse than Lee Van Cleef's or Eli Wallach's in shootouts against Eastwood in those Spaghetti Westerns.