Should The Jets Trade For The Redskins’ Trent Williams?

Trent Williams, the Redskins disgruntled left tackle, wants out of Washington, and the Jets need someone to protect Sam Darnold's blind side.

Should The Jets Trade For The Redskins’ Trent Williams?

(CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets would like to keep Sam Darnold healthy and upright this season. And the NFL Draft, which starts  tonight, is the perfect opportunity. The Jets have a nice array of picks, including the 11th and 48th spots. Unfortunately, they also have a variety of needs, offensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback chief among them.

If the Jets focus on the offensive side of the ball, an upgrade at tackle and/or wide receiver would improve the passing game. And the draft classes for tackle and wide receiver are fairly deep. The team seems to be leaning toward selecting a tackle, if mock drafts are to be believed, and Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa and Mekhi Beckton out of Louisville are both possibilities early.

The Jets are also rumored to be considering another way to upgrade at left tackle… trading for the Washington Redskins’ stud left tackle Trent Williams. The tackle and his current team have been on the outs for awhile and would like to part company sooner than later. The Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles are also interested in Williams, and the price may ultimately be too high for the Jets. But it’s a scenario worth unpacking a little.

Last season, the Jets offense ranked near the bottom of the league in many passing categories including yards per play (6.6), yards per game (194.4), touchdowns (19), sacks allowed (52) and quarterback hits (106). Some of that can be blamed on injuries. But every team has injuries, and players need to step up.

The team signed 27-year old tackle George Fant, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, in free agency. His contract is worth $30 million over three years. This may solve the problem, and it may not. Fant has been inconsistent in his pro career to date. He’s appeared in 40 NFL games, starting 20 of them, but grades out as a subpar solution to the Jets’ offensive line woes.

Williams, at 31 years old, has been among the game’s best left tackles during his time in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl in each of his last seven active seasons (2012-2018). He excels as a run blocker and in matchups with speedy and powerful edge rushers in the passing game. And he’s done it while playing for the Redskins, one of the NFL’s worst and most dysfunctional teams.

Sometime in early 2019, Williams and the Redskins had a huge falling out. The star left tackle held out until the end of October 2019 and didn’t play at all last season. The reason, initially assumed to be contractual, actually stems from how the Redskins handled a growth on Williams’ head that turned out to be cancerous. The player had been alerting team doctors to the growth since the 2013 season. But the team didn’t seek a diagnosis until five years later, when it was found to be cancerous and promptly removed.

Williams has long since lost all trust in the Redskins organization, and it’s been obvious for awhile that he will never play for the team again. However, only recently had the team given him permission to seek a trade. That window closed yesterday for Williams, but the team remains motivated to exchange the tackle for assets. As noted, plenty of teams are interested securing the services of a proven, top-flight left tackle who is still under contract. Though it should be noted that Williams, who is scheduled to make $12.5 million during the 2020 season, is looking to be paid somewhere closer to $20 million per season.

So what would it take to make Williams a Jet? Maybe only a second-round pick or multiple lower-round picks. The Redskins are motivated to sell, so there are likely other trade scenarios that might get a deal done. (And it should be noted that the Redskins also have a strong tendency to shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to personnel matters, which could benefit the Jets.) Exploring them makes sense for a Jets team that could conceivably then use its top pick on another position.

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Coronavirus In New Jersey: State Just Short Of 100,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases As Unemployment Claims Soar

Gov. Murphy stressed "no one will be denied one penny of the benefits they deserve" from unemployment.

Coronavirus In New Jersey: State Just Short Of 100,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases As Unemployment Claims Soar

TRENTON (New Jersey) – The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in New Jersey has grown 10 times over the same time last year due to the economic cost of the coronavirus outbreak that now has almost 100,000 active cases across the state.

“Since March 15, more than 858,000 New Jerseyans have filed for unemployment benefits,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in his Thursday COVID-19 update. “Just to put that in context, one year ago that total number collecting unemployment was less than 10% of that, 84,000.”

Although $1 billion in unemployment benefits have been given out since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Murphy acknowledged many continue to face delays in reaching the Department of Labor for help.

“No one will be denied one penny of the benefits they deserve,” said Murphy.

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The governor again urged people to seek unemployment help online through the website, or look to jobs.covid19.nj.govfor more than 64,000 jobs listed for 740 employers looking for employees in essential jobs.

More than 4.4 million American workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across the country, the government said Thursday.

About one in six American workers have now lost their jobs since mid-March, by far the worst string of layoffs on record. Economists have forecast that the unemployment rate for April could go as high as 20%

MORE: Unemployment Continues To Spike With 4.4 Million New Claims; Roughly 1 In 6 Americans Have Lost Their Jobs Since Mid-March

In terms of medical numbers, New Jersey saw 4,247 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the total to 99,989 cases linked to a total of 5,368 – a rise in 307 new fatalities.

  • 7,240 hospitalized
  • 1,035 in critical or ICU care
  • 91 patients at field medical stations
  • 752 discharged

In terms of testing for COVID-19 infections, Murphy praised a new saliva-based method developed by Rutgers University that will go into widespread use by the state in addition to several local hospitals.

“Without testing, we will not be able to take the necessary steps to contain future cases and prevent them from becoming ‘boomerang’ outbreaks, said Murphy.

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