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NFL Draft – Trade Concerns

April 11, 2009

The New York Jets are seriously considering signing Wide Receiver Miles Austin to an offer sheet. The Dallas Cowboys would then have a week to match the deal. Since Austin is a restricted free agent, the Jets would have to give the Cowboys a 2nd round pick in return if they decide not to match. This begs the question….is it worth it?

Being a die hard Jets fan, this deal reminds me a lot of the Justin McCareins deal about 4 or 5 seasons ago. He was the 2nd or 3rd on the Titans depth chart at the time and showed signs of breaking out and being a young ,explosive receiver in this league even though his numbers did not reflect it.

This bring us to Miles Austin. The Jets are heard to be very cautious about giving up a 2nd round pick for a guy with only 18 career receptions. Once again, they see him as a young receiver on the verge of breaking out and his production was hurt due to the fact he had to deal with injuries and was playing behind Terrell Owens & Roy Williams. They also feel that if they are going to be taking a wide receiver in the 1st or 2nd round, that Austin is already a proven product and would be better than anyone they would be taking and he is young enough to justify the decision.

So I ask you…When trying to plug holes in your roster, would you be confident in your ability to find a prospect in the draft or do you think the right choice would be to fill those spots with young players in free agency while giving up compensation? I’m curious to hear your comments.

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