The New York Jets are rumored to getting inquires for cornerback Dee Milliner, who could become part of a trade that allow the team to find their quarterback of the future.
The Jets have done quite a bit to shore up their defensive backfield in the offseason, signing Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. That has left Milliner, the 2013 first-round pick, as something of the odd man out. Other teams seem to have noticed, and interest in Milliner is on the rise.
The New York Jets are rumored to getting some interest from teams looking to acquire Dee Milliner, but they still have faith that he can bounce back from a torn Achilles that ended his second season after only three games. So far none of the trade offers have been good enough, reported Pro Football Talk, and the Jets only want a high draft pick in return.
The report noted:
“The plan at the moment is for the new coaching staff to have a look at Milliner before deciding on next steps, although it’s not clear when he’ll be cleared to resume doing football work and could miss the offseason program. If they like what they see, Milliner could see a fair amount of time as a fourth cornerback — Todd Bowles used six defensive backs often in Arizona — and the Jets would likely prefer to see that, rather than a fifth-round pick, be the return on their investment.”
It is possible that Dee Milliner could play into a trade that would boost the Jets’ position in the upcoming NFL Draft. Though the Jets just moved to acquire veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, their quarterback situation is far from set and many believe the Jets need to move up and acquire one of the top talents this year, either Florida State’s Jameis Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.
The New York Jets could end up starting Ryan Fitzpatrick this year, as their new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is very familiar with his abilities and limitations. Fitzpatrick was the starter during Gailey’s tenure as the Buffalo Bills head coach, a time when Gailey took an unheralded squad and helped them overachieve, with Fitzpatrick at the helm.
If the New York Jets do trade Dee Milliner and move up in the draft, the Jets might have the luxury of letting Fitzpatrick start and moving the rookie into the job slowly, avoiding the difficulties Geno Smith faced by being thrust into the job.
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