The Jets have announced the trade of Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders for a conditional 2019 seventh round Draft pick.
Bowles: QB Christian Hackenberg has been traded to Oakland for a 2019 conditional 7th-round pick.— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 22, 2018
Thus ends the saga of one of the worst uses of a second round pick a team has ever made. Hackenberg never took a regular season snap with the Jets. The team went out on a limb picking him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. It did not pay off at all.
The reason he never saw a regular season snap was that his preseason performances were some of the worst in recent NFL history. Hackenberg was given an opportunity to win the starting job in 2017. Instead he played his way out of the number two job.
We don’t know what the conditions are yet, but the Jets probably aren’t going to end up getting anything in return. Hackenberg has shown such little skill and upside that I have a tough time envisioning him meeting any possible condition for the Jets to actually obtain that seventh round pick.
The writing has been on the wall for a while. This was clearly a bad relationship that needed to come to an end.
On the first day of OTAs, Hackenberg got little time on the field.
The Jets’ QB order during their first walkthru snaps of OTAs: Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold. No reps for Hackenberg. Make of that what you will.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) May 22, 2018
Hackenberg then made some comments after the practice that some construed as critical of the coaching staff.
Christian Hackenberg: "For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have a solid foundation with my fundamentals." He praised personal QB coach, Jeff Christensen, and appeared to be critical of coaching he has rec'd with #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 22, 2018
Perhaps this sped up his departure. We can call it the official end of an error.