Jets offer Ellis, Becht and Jordan to Redskins

It's no secret the Jets would love to add Washington Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey, but it looks like the Denver Broncos are likely to land the Pro Bowler.

According to ESPN.com, the Jets offered the Redskins, defensive end Shaun Ellis, running back LaMont Jordan and tight end Anthony Becht in exchange for Bailey, who is going to become a free agent in March. As part of the deal, the Jets would have to agree to a new contract with Bailey. According to an ESPN source, the parimeters of a contract had been worked out.

However, the Broncos offer of running back Clinton Portis for Bailey is clearly more appealing to the Redskins, and according to a league source, this trade is close to getting done.

"It's just a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's," said the source.

According to the source, the Jets trade talks were hot over the weekend at the combine, but cooled down the last few days, with the Broncos emerging as the favorite for Bailey's services.

One reason the Jets offer wasn't particularly appealing to the Redskins was that Ellis, Jordan and Becht are all entering the final years of their contracts (actually Jordan is a restricted free agent, but he will be tendered). So in essence, the Jets were attempting to make an NBA- type trade with the Redskins.

In the NBA, teams will often trade players in the last year of their contracts, like the Atlanta Hawks did recently. The Redskins, who have cap issues, would have a tough time re-signing all three of the players, so this lessened the value of the trade.


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