According to multiple media outlets, the New York Jets have traded linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round pick.
Lee is a former first-round pick, being drafted 20th overall in 2016 by the Jets, but earlier this offseason New York decided that they weren’t going to pick up Lee’s fifth-year option that would’ve cost the team about $9.5 million in cap space. That move wasn’t too surprising given the Jets did sign linebacker C.J. Mosley earlier this offseason and didn’t pick up that option on Lee, but what a lot of people are questioning, and deservedly so, is the compensation the Jets got for Lee.
The inner-workings of this deal from the Jets side are interesting. Earlier today they made the surprise move and fired GM Mike Maccagnan and now head coach Adam Gase is acting as the GM, so any moves going forward under him are moves he will be fully responsible for as the coach.
Lee probably hasn’t lived up to the billing of a first-round pick, only having one season with over 90 tackles and only having 17 tackles for loss over his first three seasons in the league.
Despite not having a season with 100 tackles and having yet to play 16 games and having been suspended last season for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Lee still rates out as a pretty productive player.
I absolutely love this move for the Chiefs for all of the reasons mentioned above. I think Lee is a very capable player that could really breakout with a change of scenery. On top of that, the Chiefs are only giving up a sixth-round pick for him and his salary is not even $2 million for this upcoming season. Now they won’t get the chance to pick up a fifth-year option on him so they will have to make a decision on him more than likely after one season because franchise-tagging him is very unlikely, but this is a low-risk, high-reward move for Kansas City.
The Chiefs have really made an effort to revamp their defense this offseason for new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. They have added Alex Okafor, Frank Clark, Tyrann Mathieu and now Lee.
That defense is what kept them out of the Super Bowl this past season and give them credit because they are making every effort to add to that defense to try and win a Super Bowl before they have to give Patrick Mahomes a huge deal, and this is another very nice addition to that side of the ball.
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