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Thomas Morstead is ready for a new No. 17 to join the NY Jets

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Morstead approves of a new No. 17 joining the New York Jets

Now that one No. 17 wide receiver is clear for the New York Jets, will another take his place?

Last offseason, Garrett Wilson announced that he would be switching to his college No. 5 after the 2023 season. As the previous owner of No. 5, Thomas Morstead switched his jersey with Wilson yesterday.

Now that one No. 17 receiver changed his number, will another one take his place?

One Jets fan certainly hopes so, as he edited the Morstead-Wilson photo to show a different No. 17 — Davante Adams. Morstead approved.

“Flawless edit!” the Jets punter tweeted jokingly.

Now that the Jets’ and Raiders’ seasons are over, the speculation about Adams-to-New York will start to pick up steam. The Jets reportedly attempted to acquire Adams at the 2023 trade deadline and will also try to trade for him in the offseason.

The main obstacle in trading for Adams is the cost of return. His contract is actually relatively reasonable for 2024 if the Jets want to make the trade; he would count for $17.5 million against the Jets’ cap. The issue is more on the Raiders’ end, as they would have a $23.6 million dead cap hit if they traded Adams before June 1.

Since the Jets don’t have a second-round pick in 2024, figuring out a return for Adams is tricky. They have too many needs to give up a 2024 first-rounder for Adams. Would they give a 2024 third-rounder and a 2025 second-rounder? Would they try to work out a lesser return due to his contract? Can they work it out without severely hurting their cap in 2025-26?

Either way, one Jets player seems to endorse the trade. With Robert Saleh’s and Wilson’s comments about needing another big-time target, the chances that Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target will play in green next season seem reasonable.

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Robert Papalia
5 months ago

This team will give anything Rodgers wants no matter what the cost. I may be wrong but I believe that this will not end well for the Jets.