Jets must go to great lengths to dump veteran: analyst

The New York Jets may have to go to great lengths to cut ties after a mistake from last season.

Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report suggested that every NFL team should consider trading one player before the 2024 season. For the Jets, he urged them to do something crazy to cut ties with veteran Allen Lazard.

“This wouldn’t be an easy deal for a number of reasons. There’s Rodgers’ relationship with Lazard, which landed him in New York in the first place. Then you have the $10 million in guarantees that Lazard is due in 2024. And then there’s Lazard’s 23-point mess from last year,” Davenport explained. “This could actually be an ‘Osweiler,’ a trade where the Jets essentially have to sacrifice a pick one round higher than the pick they give up just to dump Lazard’s salary. But that might be better than Rodgers trying to pressure targets on a wideout who looked faded in 2023.”

In March 2017, the Houston Texans traded veteran quarterback Brock Osweiler, a 2018 second-round draft pick and a 2017 sixth rounder to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2017 fourth rounder.

Houston pulled the trigger on the road because they wanted to dump Osweiler and his salary. Cleveland did it because they wanted the valuable draft capital. “The Browns are expected to trade or release Osweiler before the 2017 season,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said immediately after the trade.

Several reasons why the fighter jets might consider pulling the trigger

In this proposed deal from Bleacher Report, the Jets didn’t have to go as far as the Texans-Browns, instead Davenport only suggested a round difference.

For example, the Jets send a 2025 fifth-rounder in exchange for someone else’s 2025 sixth-rounder. The acquiring team improves its draft position and the Jets could wash their hands of the Lazard decision.

The most obvious reason the Jets would make this move is to get rid of the salary owed. Lazard is expected to earn $10 million in cash, which is guaranteed. If New York were to simply cut him, they would actually be paying more than if he were just on the roster.

The other reason for going to extremes is Lazard’s attitude.

At the end of last season, Lazard was asked about his poor play throughout the year and instead of taking the blame, he called it a team sport: “So much has to happen for individuals to be successful.”

The atmosphere is high at 1 Jets Drive. Aaron Rodgers is back. There is confidence in the building that this team can make some noise. However, one bad apple can spoil the rest.

If Lazard brings any drama to the team, maybe the Jets will see the bigger picture and decide to bite the bullet and get rid of him.

Lazard is a storyline to watch: Insider

I have heard several team insiders from “Boy Green Daily” mention that Lazard will be on the roster this season due to his contract.

However, ESPN’s Rich Cimini wrote in his Sunday, June 2 column that it may not be 100% accurate.

“The Jets probably won’t fire him because his $10 million salary is guaranteed. At the same time, it will be difficult to dress him for games because he does not play on special teams. For now, he’s running with the starters, but that will likely change when Mike Williams (knee surgery) returns at the end of the summer. Mark it down: this will be a storyline around the latest cut,” Cimini explains.

Another factor in the Jets’ decision-making will be temperature control of the rest of the wide receiver room. If a number of youngsters perform well, it can influence the team’s decision. However, if players are struggling and there is no one worthy to take Lazard’s place, they can simply decide to stay aside.

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