After Jalen Reagor wiped his social media and with 4 clear WRs in front of him, I have been trying to look for ways to move him and what we might be able to expect in return if anything for him. First I went to Ourlads and looked at the projected depth chart by position of the WR groups and tried to come up with places he might actually be useful. What are some of the worst WR corps out there. One thing to remember he is cost controlled for two more years which may be the one thing that saves us in trying to move him. He will also only be 23 years old. There are going to be some rookies this year who are older than him. So maybe a team will think of him as a possible reclamation project former 1st round young cost controlled player.
Top worst WR groups I could find:
Chicago Bears: Top 4- Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown, Velus Jones Jr.
Atlanta Falcons: Top 4- Drake London, Olamide Zaccheaus, Auden Tate, Damiere Byrd
Baltimore Ravens: Top 4- Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, James Proche II, Tylan Wallace
Tennessee Titans: Top 4- Robert Woods, Treylon Burks, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Dez Fitzpatrick
San Francisco 49ers: Top 4- Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, Ray-Ray McCloud
You could argue that Reagor may be able to push to start in Chicago. Who knows what is going to happen with Deebo in SF and it sure seemed like they started to sour on Aiyuk by the end of the season. He could probably push to be a number 3 or 4 on most of these teams.
Next I looked at CB and safety depth charts to see if there was anyone worth going after in a possible trade player for player but its surprising bleak when it comes to backup talent that could be considered expendable.
While looking at the WR depth charts I did notice one name that was intriguing. He will also likely be the 5th WR on the team, and could be in a similar change of scenery might do him good situation ,and that was Denzel Mims. As I see it projected Jets top 4 WRs this year would likely be Corey Davis, Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, and Braxton Berrios. Would Joe Douglas be interested in a player for player swap?
Next I looked through last few drafts to look for players who have been traded off prior to first contract being over. There are not a lot of good example’s of this I could find just glancing through multiple drafts. I tried to look for non QB’s who seemed to underperform for their first team who was able to move them before their first contract was up.
Corey Coleman WR Browns- Traded for a 7th round pick in 2nd year
Darron Lee LB Jets- Traded for a 6th round pick in 4th year
Reggie Ragland LB Bills- Traded for a 4th round pick in 2nd year
Eli Apple CB Giants- Traded for a 4th and 7th round picks in 3rd year
Charles Harris DE Miami- Traded for a 7th round pick in 4th year
Gareon Conley CB Oakland- Traded for a 3rd round pick in 3rd year
Zay Jones WR Bills- Traded for a 5th round pick in 3rd year
Adam Shaheen TE Bears- Traded for a 7th round pick in 4th year
Quincy Wilson CB Colts- Traded for a 6th round pick in 4th year
Mike Hughes CB Vikings- Traded for a pick swap 6th for 7th in 4th year
Anthony Miller WR Bears- Traded for a pick swap 5th for a 7th in 4rd year
C. J. Henderson CB Jags- Traded for pick swap 3rd for 5th in year 2
Lonnie Johnson Jr. CB Texans- Traded for a 7th round pick conditional in 4rd year
Looking at this list its hard to make an apples to apples comparison to anyone, maybe the closest is Corey Coleman.
Zay Jones put up a 300 and 650 yard 7 TD season before being traded. He got a 5th rounder back.
Anthony Miller put up a 400, 650 and almost 500 yard season before being traded. He got a pick swap 5th rounder for a 7th
These were both second round picks
Corey Coleman put up a 400 and 300 yard season before being traded. He got a 7th rounder. He was also a former first rounder.
Jalen Reagor put up about a 400 and 300 yard season as well.
I know I have read that teams were interested in him last year for possible trade. I don’t know how after a full year if things have changed especially now they know we will likely be trying to move him.
Knowing all this would you take a 7th for him or maybe a pick swap like a 5th for a 7th?
What do you think would be a realistic asking price for a return? Maybe with the value of WR being at an all time high we could get a 5th straight up but I find it hard to believe given this history. Is it worth even trading him at this point or do we keep hoping he can turn it around?