Joe Douglas of the Jets talks about his reluctance to sell and possible contract extensions.

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Joe Douglas of the Jets talks about his reluctance to sell and possible contract extensions.

The atmosphere swung toward selling before the trade deadline after Zach Wilson went down with an injury during a 54-13 routing in New England.

The New York Jets had a number of impending free agents on their roster, so it made sense for Joe Douglas to trade them for draft capital while he still had the opportunity. However, November 2nd came and went with only one trade: right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was acquired.

Marcus Maye, Jamison Crowder, and Morgan Moses, among others, remained, and there was no ‘fire sale’ of assets. It was the first time in this administration’s history that we witnessed an emphasis on winning now rather than later.

So, what’s different now? Despite Woody Johnson’s declaration of “unwavering” support, is Douglas feeling the heat? Do they believe that in order to develop Wilson, they need to keep this roster strong? Is it feasible that the team is still considering extending some of these experienced players’ contracts?

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Douglas explains why there aren’t enough trades.

After the deadline on November 2, the Jets’ general manager spoke to the media. As you might expect, one of the most often asked questions was about his reluctance to sell off items as he has in the past.

“It’s just that the value that was provided didn’t equal our value for the player,” Douglas told reporters, “and so we feel comfortable about the team we have.”

This may appear to be a fairly conventional Jets response, but it allows you to read between the lines. Maye’s future with the team, for example, is still up in the air, and they weren’t going to trade him merely to get rid of him. After yet another setback in Mekhi Becton’s recuperation, Moses is required right now.

Crowder was perhaps the oddest non-sell. The Jets have plenty of wide receivers, and with Elijah Moore on the roster, it’s unlikely that the slot receiver will be re-signed when he turns 29 in June. Keeping him on the roster serves a single purpose: his presence should benefit in the growth of Wilson and Mike White, which is the general manager’s impression… Nokia News – Quick Recap

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