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In a 2011 re-draft, is this the right move for the Tennessee Titans?
The 2011 NFL Draft may go down as one of the worst big decisions in Tennessee Titans history.

The Titans desperately needed a quarterback and Jake Locker was viewed by some as a prospect with tons of athletic ability and the intangibles to lead a locker room. However, he was very inaccurate and many people had him as the 3rd-best QB in that draft class behind Cam Newton (sure) and Blaine Gabbert (oh).

In a draft with several Hall of Fame defenders and All Pros scattered throughout the first round, the Titans selected a QB who retired from football before getting his second contract.

Jake Locker is a great human being by all accounts, but the decision to draft him was a mistake and it is one that cost the Titans dearly. Not only did the Titans have to go back to the drawing board at QB, but they missed out on so many elite players.

Well, Benjamin Solak did a re-draft of the 2011 NFL Draft, and with the 8th pick in the draft the Titans had a ton of options. The only players off the board were: Newton, Von Miller, J.J. Watt, Julio Jones, Patrick Peterson, A.J. Green, and Justin Houston.

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So with the 8th pick the Titans selected: Jurrell Casey DT, USC.

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This is such a bittersweet pick for me. Casey has been an absolute star and was a steal in the third round, but ultimately even a redraft wouldn’t have made that team better.

As an ambassador of the Titans brand and as the heart and soul of the defense for nearly a decade, I would absolutely make this pick knowing what I know now.

If the Titans could somehow hide Casey from being on this list, then several names would have been great additions to that 2011 roster.

–Ryan Kerrigan is likely a Hall of Fame sleeper right now considering his consistent domination as a pass rusher (he’s never had less than 7.5 sacks per year and he averages 10.5 sacks per season).
-Cam Jordan has really come into his own as a defensive lineman over the past few years and could potentially be the best defensive player on a Super Bowl team this year.

–Mike Pouncey coming in to replace Kevin Mawae would have been really fun and it probably would have turned the Titans offensive line into a powerhouse for the next decade.

In a world where the Titans can still steal Casey in the third round, there is one pick that I would have loved to see in this redraft. Drafting Richard Sherman would have made the Titans one of the most fun defenses in NFL history.

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That defense would have had Jason McCourty, Michael Griffin, Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan, Karl Klug, Jason Jones, and Dave Ball, all of which are fan favorites or players that were never really given their proper respect. But the most fun thing? The Tennessee Titans would have had Cortland Finnegan and Richard Sherman playing boundary CB.

The two most in-your-face, brash corners in the NFL over the last decade lined up across from each other giving receivers an ear full after every catch or drop.

Like I said, I definitely agree with the re-drafting of Jurrell Casey especially when you look at his longevity. But, just for fun, if Tennessee could keep Casey and take one other player, Sherman would have made the 2011 Titans legendary.

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Every team will of course have its own draft board when it enters the war room on April 25 for the 2019 NFL draft. But marrying rankings and scheme fit with team-specific areas of need will be key to acing the draft.

Let’s take a closer look at the five biggest draft needs (in order) for all 32 teams.

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Note: Statistics provided throughout from Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN Stats & Information.

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Buffalo Bills
Top draft needs: DT, EDGE, TE, G, CB

The Bills have their quarterback in Josh Allen, but considering Shaq Lawson is the only player drafted by Buffalo before 2017 still on the roster, there are a lot of areas of need here. With Kyle Williams gone, the defensive tackle position opens up — Houston’s Ed Oliver could fit perfectly — and Jerry Hughes isn’t getting any younger off the edge. The Bills managed only 36 sacks in 2018. And after Charles Clay signed with Arizona, Buffalo will want a complement to Tyler Kroft at tight end.
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Miami Dolphins
Top draft needs: QB, G, OT, C, EDGE

The Dolphins need everything, starting with quarterback. Yet because they don’t pick until No. 13, there’s a shot the Dolphins either draft a QB on Day 2 or wait until 2020 to address the position — or both. Miami will be looking to rebuild its offensive and defensive lines almost entirely and then potentially tack on some cornerback depth. It all depends on how GM Chris Grier wants to go about this rebuild.

 

New England Patriots
Top draft needs: TE, WR, DT, EDGE, QB

Could New England go wide receiver, perhaps in the slot, in the first round for the first time since snagging Terry Glenn in 1996? Will the Patriots find a Rob Gronkowski replacement? Who will be the heir apparent to Tom Brady? And can Bill Belichick do what he’s done so many years in the past and replenish the defense after losing Trey Flowers and Malcolm Brown to free agency? Lots of questions for the defending champs.

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New York Jets
Top draft needs: EDGE, G, C, TE, CB

If the Jets take an offensive lineman in the first two rounds, it’d be just the second time since 2007. But it’s a real possibility considering the lack of depth and the departure of James Carpenter. And Gang Green will also target some pass rushing off the edge after dropping the QB just 39 times in 2018. Trading back from No. 3 overall might be a move for the Jets to wrangle some more picks.
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Baltimore Ravens
Top draft needs: EDGE, ILB, WR, G, RB

The Ravens’ offense pivoted last season once Lamar Jackson took the reins. He averaged 17 rushing attempts per game, and per Elias, no other QB has averaged even 12 per outing since 1970. Even still, Baltimore needs to get him some weapons, including some impact wide receivers and a running back complement to Mark Ingram. But let’s not forget the defensive front seven also lost Za’Darius Smith, C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs during the offseason.

 

Cincinnati Bengals
Top draft needs: OT, LB, QB, TE, G

ESPN +Over the past couple of weeks, we rolled out our annual position rankings series, which usually come out around the time pitchers and catchers report. This was my first year handling the project, and I decided to structure it from the standpoint of tiers.

Doing it that way helped, I hope, offer a sense of how talent is grouped at the different positions right now, and which positions are stronger and weaker as compared to historical standards. But there is one final step we can take with this approach: What do the teams look like from the standpoint of tiers?

As I did with the pitching staffs, it’s simple enough to dump all the ratings into a file and see how many players each team has in each tier. So that’s what I did, and the results serve a dual purpose. First, they simply give us a way to look at how teams stack up in relation to each other. It’s not a rigorous projection, but the hierarchy of teams organized in this way isn’t much different than it looks like in an actual projection of team records.

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Positions:C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP

The other thing this snapshot offers is a glimpse at how teams have constructed their rosters. This is really the interesting part. Which teams are built with a stars-and-scrubs approach? Which teams have a lot of talent bunched in the middle? Which teams are good but have an obvious void in terms of MVP-level talent? Are there any teams that look less talented than the current group of unsigned free agents? (Sadly, there is one.)

As with the pitching tiers analysis, teams are given 6 points for each player rated in Tier I, 5 points for Tier II and so on. Those total points are then divided by the total number of players being rated to give us our tier-based score. I updated the teams’ rosters with the latest transactions. To break up the commentary, we’ll list the teams in groups of five.

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Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker suffered a broken ankle and ligament damage on Sunday and is not expected to play again in 2018, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Titans placed Walker on injured reserve Monday but did not disclose the nature of his injury. The team signed tight end MyCole Pruitt off the Houston Texans’ practice squad in a corresponding move.

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Losing the veteran safety valve, a favorite option of QB Marcus Mariota, will mean more targets for replacement Jonnu Smith and Tennessee’s WRs.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Walker had a “leg injury” and would undergo surgery in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, Vrabel said Taylor Lewan is under concussion protocol and he was adamant about the left tackle not doing anything until he is cleared. As for the hit by Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Andre Branch, Vrabel said he didn’t feel it was dirty but “absolutely” thought Lewan was targeted.

Vrabel also said quarterback Marcus Mariota’s elbow injury is still being evaluated and they’re hopeful about getting a good report back. He and general manager Jon Robinson have discussed adding another quarterback if needed.
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Walker caught a 15-yard pass from backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert and went down awkwardly as he was tackled by Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald in the fourth quarter of a 27-70 loss. Trainers put a towel over Walker’s head as they fitted him with an air cast for his right leg before lifting him onto a cart and taking him to the locker room.

The Titans signed Walker to a two-year, $17 million contract extension ($12.76 million guaranteed) before the season.

Walker, 34, was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl in 2017, when he led the Titans with 74 receptions and 807 receiving yards. He and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce are the only tight ends with at least 800 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons.

The 2018 season is Walker’s 13th in the NFL and sixth in Tennessee. Over the previous five seasons, he had 356 receptions — the most by a tight end.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – On Monday afternoon, Derrick Henry put on his helmet and football pads and went to work.

On Monday night, the hulking Titans running back found himself leading a group of kids around a sporting goods store, helping them find clothes and supplies for another school year.

“It’s a blessing to be a blessing to kids,” Henry said. “It’s a chance to provide these kids things they need for school – book bags, water bottles, clothes, shoes, anything they need for sports. If they play Pop Warner sports, it can help them. It’s one less thing for their parents to get.

“I was just like them when I was a kid. I wanted to get cleats, I wanted to get clothes, and I wanted to get cool shoes. It was always important to me, to look good going to school. I always wanted to look the best, dress the best. So this is fun for me, and it’s fun to help them out. I love spending time with kids.”

Henry, headed into his third season with the Titans, surprised 15 local students from Boys & Girls Club of Franklin with the back-to-school shopping event.

Each child received a $125 gift card. Spending time with the Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama, however, was priceless. Henry served as a personal shopping consultant for the kids, helping them make some big decisions on outfits, colors, and money.

He held one girl’s hand as he guided her through the aisles.

“I tried to help them match, help them shop,” Henry, who has three sisters, said with a smile. “I was the same way as a kid, wanting to get everything that I like. Just make sure they spend the right way, so if they want something else they can get something else… Some got jackets, some got shorts, and some got cleats.

“It’s a cool thing for the kids, to have this experience.”

Henry, who was in the Boys and Girls Club himself as a youngster growing up outside Jacksonville, Florida, answered some off the wall questions from the curious youngsters.
Some asked him about football, while others asked him about the gold chain hanging around his neck. One girl asked if he was a rapper.

“Anytime I can get with the kids, it is like getting away,” he said. “I love spending time with the kids, and having the opportunity to help them. Anything I can do to inspire them.”

Earlier this offseason, Henry went back to school and got his degree from the University of Alabama, fulfilling a promise he made to his late grandmother.

With kids surrounding him, Henry said he hopes to be a positive role model.

“For me to be able to help them, it is a blessing,” Henry said. “Whenever I have an opportunity, I want to make sure I am perfect role model that they can look after, have fun with, and spend time with. Education is important – I went back to school and graduated. It meant a lot to me.

“So I want to make sure they have someone to look up to.”

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How do you reveal the Tennessee Titans’ first new uniforms in almost two decades?

With a public street party headlined by multi-platinum selling country duo Florida Georgia Line.

The Titans announced plans for the April 4 unveiling during a Saturday evening event attended by approximately 8,000 season ticket holders at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The team also unveiled a logo to commemorate the 20th season since the franchise re-branded from the Oilers to the Titans, which players are planning to wear as a small decal on the back of their helmets throughout next season.

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“We wanted to create a unique event for the new uniform unveiling in April,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk told The Tennessean before the event.

“Being in Nashville, it only made sense to include a concert, and we are thrilled Florida Georgia Line has agreed to join us,” she said. “This will be a fun show for our fans — they will get to see the new uniforms and enjoy a terrific concert.”

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The free event is set for 7 p.m. April 4 at Broadway and First Avenue — just blocks from Florida Georgia Line’s restaurant FGL House. The duo, which consists of members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, said they were initially approached to perform a few songs acoustically. But given the circumstances, the men decided to pull their touring rigs out of storage and give Nashville fans the complete Florida Georgia Line concert experience.

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“We’re bringing all the bells and whistles,” Hubbard said.

“We were like, ‘If we’re going to play Nashville, we need to do it right. Let’s rock this thing,’” Kelley said, adding they also planned to bring their pyrotechnics. “We’re just jacked. Nashville is a bull’s-eye for everyone to come to right now. Anytime we can represent the city and the Titans, we’re stepping our game up. We’re just thankful.”
The uniform redesign is in honor of the Titans’ 20th season in Nashville and is the first revamp of the jerseys since the team changed its name from the Oilers to the Titans in 1999.

The Titans announced plans for new uniforms in the fall.

The season-ticket member event Saturday night featured Eddie George, Strunk and voice of the Titans Mike Keith, who interviewed left tackle Taylor Lewan, safety Kevin Byard, general manager Jon Robinson, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and head coach Mike Vrabel on stage.

Byard, the former MTSU star who was named first-team All-Pro after leading the NFL in interceptions last season, said he wouldn’t set a personal goal for turnovers in 2018. Instead, he said, the goal is to win the Super Bowl.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans just wrapped up practice on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Sunday, the team will face the Ravens at Nissan Stadium.

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Davis on track

Titans receiver Corey Daviswas a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, and is on track to start on Sunday against the Ravens, barring any setbacks.

Davis, who has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, started in Week 2 against the Jaguars but he hasn’t played since.

He returned to practice on Monday.

“He did some really good things today, especially in our last period, where we have a competitive third down period,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said of Davis. “He did some good things. I am pleased with him.”

Davis caught six passes for 69 yards in the season opener against the Raiders.

He’ll bring an extra dimension to the offense, Mularkey said.

“He is big bodied,” Mularkey said, “and he’s already shown he can make the contested (catches). … He has strong hands, and what he can do down the field. … This will be a good test for him. We’ll get a lot of one-on-one this week, they have their hands all over you. He’s going to have to beat some one-on-one coverage.

“It will be good to see how he executes against these guys.”

Walker update

Titans tight end Delanie Walker did not practice on Wednesday.

Walker continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered against the Browns.

“It is feeling better,” Walker said. “So that’s a good thing. I am just taking it one day at a time at the moment.”

Walker said he’s been icing the ankle, and trying to stay off it.

“So it was nice to have the bye week this week,” Walker said.

Injuries

In addition to Walker, guard Quinton Spain also missed practice on Wednesday because of a toe injury.

Safety Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring) was a full participant for the Titans.

The Ravens listed 15 players on their initial Injury Report, including quarterback Joe Flacco.

But Flacco was listed as a full participant, and on a conference call he indicated he’s feeling better after suffering a concussion vs. Miami on Thursday night.

“I feel great,” Flacco said. “It’s just part of football. I’m ready to go and I feel good.”

 

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The quarterback on one side, named Marcus Mariota, was barking out adjustments and pointing at defensive players and shifting his own guys into a new play.

The quarterback on the other side, named Kevin Byard, was doing the same thing. Barking, pointing, shifting – reading Mariota’s adjustment and responding with one of his own. And then something happened on the play, can’t really remember what, who cares, it’s training camp. The point is what happened before the snap. And what it says about the Tennessee Titan whose role and importance from last season to this season have increased the most.

Byard knew this was coming right after his rookie season, in a long conversation with Titans secondary coach Deshea Townsend.

“I told him this is now his secondary,” said Townsend, who knew it was coming well before that –roughly a year ago, when Byard came into his rookie camp as a third-round pick out of MTSU and had the defensive coaches murmuring to one another about his ability to pick up Dick LeBeau’s defense.

“The things inside the building, that people outside the building can’t see, the things he’s able to pick up and pull off and do it on the field – that’s a special, special skill-set,” Townsend said of the 5-foot-11, 212-pound Byard. “And this scheme is not one that’s easy. If you’ve followed Coach LeBeau, typically rookies don’t play (in the secondary). Especially at safety because there’s so much you have to learn. … His skill-set within our scheme, it fits the mold of those great safeties that Coach LeBeau always had, with Troy Polamalu and Carnell Lake and some of those guys, Rod Woodson. He’s in that type of mold.”

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And now, let’s take a pause. Rookie receiver Corey Davis injuring a hamstring Thursday was the first dose of bad news in the first week of a Titans training camp that has been all lollipops and rainbows. Everyone looks good; the fans are happy; the owner is hanging out and signing their oversized footballs; Mike Mularkey is struggling to come up with things to nitpick; and now we have “Kevin Byard” and “Troy Polamalu” being used in the same sentence.

So training camp optimism hall monitors, throw the red flag out on that one. That particular comparison is lofty for most and certainly for a guy who had seven starts, 63 tackles, four passes defended and no picks as a rookie. But keep in mind that Townsend used the words “fits the mold” and also that Townsend played with Polamalu in Pittsburgh and knew his skill-set as well as anyone.

Most importantly, the Titans’ actions say more about Byard than any testimonial could. Look out on that practice field. The four-safety rotation from last season is gone. Daimion Stafford and Rashad Johnson are gone, leaving Byard, returning 14-game starter Da’Norris Searcy and free-agent signee Johnathan Cyprien working with the first team.

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Searcy and Cyprien are rotating. Byard isn’t. He’s out there for every play, as he expects to be in 2017, and he is playing all over the field. And dictating where other defenders are stationed on it. And getting into pre-snap chess with Mariota.

“He looks like a longtime vet the way he makes his calls and gets everybody in the right place,” Mularkey said of Byard, who is charged with leading the revival of a secondary that gave up 4,307 passing yards last season (29th in the NFL).

“Me and Marcus, we like to play a lot of mind games, a lot of cat-and-mouse games,” Byard said. “He knows how to work his eyes and get the safeties off the hash, off the deep middle. He gets me better and I get him better, and I’m just fortunate to play with a quarterback like that.”

Byard was once a quarterback, at Martin Luther King High in Lithonia, Ga., before his coach had him try safety as a junior. The first thing Byard did was look up some of the “Weapon X” videos on YouTube of then-NFL star safety Brian Dawkins.

“It was on from there,” said Byard, who counts Dawkins, Ed Reed and – of course – Polamalu as his safety idols.

Over the summer, he studied contemporaries including Earl Thomas, Eric Berry, Eric Weddle, Reshad Jones and Devin McCourty.

“Just trying to steal a little bit from each of them,” said Byard, whose film-junkie tendencies certainly have helped get him here. “There’s a lot more on my plate now, and for that to happen so soon is great. I’ve got to take advantage of it.”

He looks the part, talks the part and has been given the lead role. The expected returns will come after the snap and in this team’s bottom line.

“I told him in that meeting, I said, ‘This has to be your secondary, and it has to be in the weight room, it has to be in the way you carry yourself, it has to be an every-day thing. If you want to be an elite safety, that’s what you have to do,’” Townsend recalled. “I’ve been around some great ones, and he’s embraced it.”

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This is a quote from Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson from shortly after he traded the number one pick in the 2016 NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams. In that trade, the Titans gave up the first pick as well as a fourth, and a sixth that year in exchange for the 15th pick that year, two second rounders, a third rounder, as well as a first and a third in the 2017 draft.

“This move does not knock us out of any player, except one,’’ Robinson said. “We now have the ammunition to work the draft and acquire players that are going to be good for this football team.”
As a result of that trade, the Rams got quarterback Jared Goff. In that draft alone, the Titans selected 10 players including tackle Jack Conklin, linebacker Kevin Dodd, defensive tackle Austin Johnson, running back Derrick Henry, safety Kevin Byard, and wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, all of whom contributed for them in 2016. They selected nine in the 2017 draft, including wide receiver Corey Davis who they picked at fifth overall via the Rams first round slot.

The Titans went from a 2-14 outfit in 2015 to a 9-7 team last season who were on the verge of a playoff berth. A similar effort is expected from them in 2017, while the Rams find themselves in limbo with a new head coach who they’ve brought in to put Goff’s career on track after shrugging off the weight of a rough rookie season. So what’s the difference between the two teams involved in this trade from last year? Only one them was patient and (dare I say) trusted the process.

It’s tough to blame the Rams for pulling the trigger to acquire Goff in the manner that they did. They had been floundering in a cesspool of 7-9 seasons that mainly stemmed from former head coach Jeff Fisher’s team building philosophy, one that involved stifling defense and an offense that had a penchant for getting stifled. In any event, Goff not turning into a superstar from the word go was the final nail in the coffin for Fisher in Los Angeles. This begs the question, will the Titans fortunes from the trade influence how teams choose to build moving forward? It looks like they may already have.

It started about a week from the day that the Titans made their trade, when the Cleveland Browns traded the second pick to the Philadelphia Eagles, which was in effect an acquisition of quarterback Carson Wentz in exchange for a windfall of picks. It didn’t work out immediately for the Browns who dodged an 0-16 bullet last year by a missed field goal, but it’s become clear that general manager Sashi Brown is playing the long game. It’s early, but it appears his strategy may pay off someday.

Some of the players he acquired in the 2016 draft have shown promise for Cleveland, and it’s allowed him to work in free agency as well. The Browns have built up a formidable (on paper) offensive line and defensive front seven since that trade, and DeShone Kizer is about as physically promising as any quarterback they’ve had in years. Part of that has to do with the fact that they struggled so mightily in 2016 and acquired the number one pick, something that it appears the New York Jets are actively trying to do in the 2017 season.

While they’ll never acknowledge it publicly, it seems that the Jets front office has been inspired by Tennessee and Cleveland, and if they do earn the number one pick this year, what they do with it will be a very intriguing plot line to watch. The upcoming quarterback class is being hyped as one of the best in years, and if the Jets complete the tank job that they’ve telegraphed as a possible objective for this season, they should have their pick of the litter between Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen. They may in fact just trade out of that spot, as we’ve seen happen with the other teams discussed.

The Jets will have to get creative if they want this rebuild to be done correctly, as Cleveland has shown over the past few seasons. This became apparent with the Browns acquisition of star linebacker Jamie Collins, as well as the pickup of not-so star quarterback Brock Osweiler which got them a second round pick in an NBA-esque salary dump trade. If they are able to pull off a rebuild in this fashion, it certainly answers the question of whether or not the Browns and Titans have influenced the league to embrace a revamp in this manner.

We just saw a similar wonky type of trade go down between three teams as the Eagles, Bills and Rams were involved in a quasi three-way deal which gave Philadelphia a starting cornerback and gave each Buffalo and Los Angeles a starting wide receiver (with Buffalo nabbing another corner as well). In short, it appears that teams are getting more ambitious with the way that they utilize the trade market, so keep an eye on how the Jets navigate that landscape as they focus their eyes on the 2018 draft.

If they do continue bending the laws of how rebuilding in the NFL is done, as we’ve seen with several other teams over the past few years, the Jets will in turn likely influence how teams moving forward do so. As a result, while they are unlikely to prove to be an interesting watch in 2017, New York is very much a team to keep an eye on once the Lombardi Trophy has been pulled down and the standings are reset in February.