Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Who Can the New York Jets Trade For At Cornerback?

The market for cornerbacks has dried up quickly, leaving the New York Jets in a difficult position.  Do they wait for the draft or go for a trade?

Morris Claiborne – Dallas Cowboys

Part of trading in the NFL is trying to balance price, age and upside to gain maximum value.  That often takes somewhat of a leap of faith by the pursuing team.  However, they could find tremendous potential in a deal with the Dallas Cowboys for Morris Claiborne.  The former #6 overall pick out of LSU has struggled in his first two seasons.  He has just two interceptions in that time span and missed six games last year due to injuries.  Cowboy fans are already calling him a bust but at age 24 it’s somewhat premature to make that statement.  Claiborne is still a tremendous athlete who was a menace for the Tigers in college.  Perhaps under the right coach he can realize that awesome potential, and with Dallas working a system that doesn’t quite fit his talents, it could make sense for the two sides to work a deal.

Chris Houston – Detroit Lions

A good percentage of experts believe the Detroit Lions are going to take a corner in the NFL draft, probably in the first round.  That might put current starter Chris Houston in a compromising position.  During his first three seasons he became their most reliable cornerback but 2013 proved a difficult one for him as he struggled at times in coverage and missed four games as well.  Confidence is high that he will rebound but with a new coaching staff in place there is really no clear picture on where he stands.  The New York Jets have been able to coach up veterans before and Houston is still only 29-years old.  Provided he stays healthy he has a chance to become one of the more underrated defensive backs in football.

Byron Maxwell – Seattle Seahawks

There are some very important keys to remember in regards to Byron Maxwell.  He had four interceptions last year and he’s 26-years old.  His value is peaking and there is little reason to think the Seattle Seahawks would just let him go.  However, it’s also important to remember that both he and teammate Richard Sherman are free agents in 2015.  Seattle is already strapped for cash and will have to save their money for Sherman and Russell Wilson as well in the next couple years.  That means it’s likely Maxwell could hit the open market next year, unless they can find some trade interest for him.  The New York Jets would be foolish not to explore it.  He’s a long 6’1″ cover man who plays physical and is an ideal fit for a 3-4 press defense.  Given how good the Seahawks are at developing corners, this is a trade they can afford to make and one that would prove hugely beneficial for the Jets.

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  • Old Frog

    Trade Claiborne to the Jets then go get Maxwell. As much as Kiffin wants to emulate the Seahawks it couldn’t hurt to have a DB who knows how the system works.

    • Erik Lambert

      Fair point.

  • lolona

    “Seattle is already strapped for cash”
    Umm, how so?

    • Erik Lambert

      Not now, I mean over the next couple years. Cliff Avril, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman are all due new deals in 2015 in addition to Maxwell. Russell Wilson comes up in 2016.

      • Trakar

        Actually, Wilson doesn’t “come up” until 2017 (five years after he was drafted and rookie contract signed). But, starting about this time 2016, the FO can start talking to him about an extension. He still has three more seasons under his rookie contract.

        • Kyle Koelling

          Hahahahaha 5 or 6 million a year for Sherman and Thomas, what a moron!!!

  • Trakar

    I see Maxwell getting an extension deal done very early this season, quite probably preseason. Sherman’s deal will occur after this and be higher than Maxwell’s but not ridiculously so, on a year-to-year average. I do expect Sherman to get a lot more of his contract guaranteed and it will probably be a longer term contract, more like what I expect for Earl Thomas. and probably using something like Bam-Bam’s contract as a guideline. Maxwell will probably get a 2-3 year extension $3-4M/year + incentives. Sherman and Earl are probably gonna be offered ~$5/6M(+)/year for 4-5 year contracts.

    • Erik Lambert

      Is it wise investing that much money what with Wilson’s deal coming over the horizon? I’d prioritize Thomas and Sherman and have faith the team can replace Maxwell. After all, didn’t he replace Browner?

      • Trakar

        That’s not much to maintain an All-Pro core to our defense, while we restock depth. Wilson, probably won’t be signed for almost 2 seasons, team can’t even talk to him or his agent about extending until after 4 years in league, this is the end of his second year approaching.

    • Travis Crouch

      Sherman thinks he is the best cornerback and he will want to be paid like one witch means about 10 to 15 mill a year

      • Trakar

        If that is the mindset he brings to the future of his career, then he will move on from the Seahawks after his rookie contract is finished. Neither the FO, nor the fans, would support such a move that would cripple the team going forward. If negotiations break down he might be franchised for a year (which would pay him ~7,000,000/year) – Not sure where you are getting $10-15M from, the top three highest paid corners in the league earn an average of $7.5M/year, and the next 3-4 are all well below $7/year.