Jets trade for McCareins

It was a trade rumor first reported by Jets Confidential, and now it has become a reality. The Jets have acquired Tennessee wide receiver Justin McCareins for a 2004 second round pick.

At 6-2, 218 pounds, McCareins gives the Jets the big wide receiver they have been looking for the last few years.

McCareins was a restricted free agent, who received a first round tender from the Titans. If the Jets had signed him without a trade, they would have had to send a first round pick to Tennessee. So they were able to protect their first round selection by making this trade. While all the terms of McCareins contract with the Jets haven't been finalized yet, a league source told Jets Confidential the wideout will receive a signing bonus between $6 and $7 million.

After a nondescript first two seasons in the league, McCariens improved significantly last season with 47 catches and seven touchdowns. Not only is he a big, physical receiver, but he also has terrific speed (4.45) and impressive leaping ability.

The Jets know about his speed first hand, because he beat them for a 59-yard touchdown catch on Monday Night Football last season.

McCareins was orginally a fourth round pick of the Titans in the 2001 draft.

With McCariens now on the team, the Jets will likely release wideout Curtis Conway to clear some salary cap space.

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