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Jets Acquire Laurent Duvernay-Tardif From Kansas City for Daniel Brown

NFL: Super Bowl LIV-San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets were active at the trade deadline but not in the way anybody expected. The team acquired guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from Kansas City in exchange for tight end Daniel Brown.

Duvernay-Tardif was a sixth round selection by Kansas City out of McGill University of Montreal in 2014. He took over as starting right guard in his second season and started 57 games across six seasons.

A graduate of medical school, Duvernay-Tardif opted out of the 2020 season to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He suffered a hand injury in training camp this year. Even after recovering from the injury, he was inactive in every Kansas City game prior to last night.

It’s tough to know what to expect from Duvernay-Tardif given that he hasn’t played at all in the last two seasons. At the same time, it’s difficult to criticize this trade. One of the team’s biggest problems on offense is right tackle. He has been a credible starter through much of his career. If Duvernay-Tardif can regain his old form, he will be an upgrade there.

Even if he can’t, the cost to the Jets here is close to zero. His contract won’t ruin the Jets’ financial situation, and Daniel Brown won’t be difficult to replace with all due respect to his ability to play special teams snaps across multiple units.