Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that “The Daily News has learned that teams have made trade inquiries about the Jets’ 2013 first-round pick in the wake of the cornerback upgrades.”
While this is hardly a shock it is a remarkable turn of events. For the past two years the Jets have had one of, if not the, worst collection of cornerbacks in the NFL and a large reason for that is the fact that Milliner hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Now the Jets are so stacked at the cornerback position other cornerback needy teams are interested in trying to acquire Milliner.
According to Mehta that “the Jets have told interested teams that Milliner isn’t available at a drastically discounted price... yet, according to sources.”
Of course many fans will proclaim that the Jets should take whatever they can get for Milliner now but that’s an extremely short-sighted approach. Yes, the Jets are extremely deep at corner right now. New GM Mike Maccagnan clearly wanted to ensure he had his starting corners in place, that didn’t include Milliner or Dexter McDougle being expected to start, but that doesn’t mean there is no place on the roster for the young talented corners.
Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie will start on the outside with Buster Skrine starting as the slot corner. Sure, you could look at that and say there’s no need for Milliner or McDougle or you could look at it and say this is actually the perfect scenario for them.
They now get to learn from the best and not be rushed back onto the field. Plus Revis will be 30-years-old by the time training camp starts and Cromartie turns 31 in just under a month and has injury concerns of his own. Not only can Milliner and McDougle make for quality depth for this season but they could be groomed to take over in the future. If Milliner can bounce back and stay healthy not only could the Jets have a replacement for Revis/Cromartie all lined up but they could end up extending him to a relatively cheap deal.
There is no rush to trade him just because you feel like you want to get something for him now.
Maccagnan has already said numerous times “you can never have too many corners” and he is clearly following that thought process. There is no need to sell low on such a talented corner in a league where teams are so desperate to find quality corners. If teams were offering a first or second-round pick then, of course you would do more than consider it but most likely we are talking about a fourth or a fifth-round pick and that’s just simply not enough value.
Maccagnan didn’t make the initial investment on Milliner but he inherited it when he took the job and good GMs don’t simply sell low on investments, inherited or otherwise. Allow Milliner and McDougle to learn from the best and take their sweet time to get 100 percent healthy and hope that investment grows exponentially in value. It’s well worth the risk or not having an extra fourth or fifth-round pick this year.