Jets GM Mike Maccagnan: 'We're open for business in every round'

ByRich Cimini ESPN logo
Saturday, March 4, 2017

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has put out the word: His draft picks are for sale, including the No. 6 overall pick.

"We're open for business in every round," Maccagnan told reporters Friday at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "If somebody wants to move up in any round and we have a pick in that round, call us up."

The Jets are interested in acquiring additional picks because they want to rebuild through the draft and they'd like as many choices as possible "to expedite the process." As of now, they have seven picks, including four in the top 107.

There are certainly plenty of holes to fill.

The Jets have become one of the biggest stories of the offseason, as they've already released five veteran players, including wide receiver Brandon Marshall, cornerback Darrelle Revis and center Nick Mangold. All told, they've cleared about $46 million in cap space.

Team officials don't agree with the perception that the Jets are in a rebuilding phase.

"I know we've made quite a few moves this offseason, but a lot of it is predicated on how we feel about the younger players," Maccagnan said. "With the money we freed up, hopefully we'll be able to help ourselves in different areas."

Quarterback is a priority position, he said. The Jets met on Thursday with the top quarterback prospects -- Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer. Chances are, they will try to find a starter in free agency, with Mike Glennon emerging as a likely target.

The Jets have two unproven quarterbacks on the roster in Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, who is recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He will start throwing in April, according to Maccagnan.

One position they haven't touched is running back, but Maccagnan didn't rule out the possibility of using the sixth pick -- if he keeps it -- on a running back. The Jets have been linked to LSU's Leonard Fournette in mock drafts.

"Would I consider a running back at six? Absolutely, if I thought he was worth that high a pick," Maccagnan said.

As for the roster purge, Maccagnan hinted that most of the major moves have been made. Sources said players such as Eric Decker, Marcus Gilchrist, Calvin Pryor and Buster Skrine are in jeopardy, depending on whom the Jets sign in free agency. The Jets are expected to shop defensive end Sheldon Richardson.

Maccagnan didn't rule it out, noting they have a "wealth of talent" on the defensive line, and he will "look at all options."

Decker appears safe -- for a few months, anyway. Maccagnan said he wouldn't make a decision on the veteran receiver until he has recovered from hip and shoulder surgeries, adding it will be another few months before Decker's shoulder is healed. He expects Decker to be ready for Week 1.

"Our goal is to get him healthy and then kind of evaluate how he comes off the injuries," Maccagnan said.

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