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Joe Douglas says Jets will listen to offers for Sam Darnold

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh spoke with the press on Thursday. The event takes the place of the annual press conference at the Combine since there is no Combine this year.

When asked about quarterback Sam Darnold, Douglas indicated the Jets are willing to listen to offers teams make.

While I think people sometimes read too much into press conference comments, this one seems pretty telling to me. If the Jets were set on sticking with Darnold, it would have been easy to say, “Sam is our guy.” In fact I would wager that’s how Douglas would have answered that question a year ago.

Douglas was also asked about the status of Marcus Maye, the team’s MVP, who is about to hit free agency.

Maye’s agent made headlines this week criticizing the pace of negotiations on Twitter.

Douglas did address the tweet directly.

Finally Douglas was asked about the potential for a blockbuster trade.

One might guess this was an indirect question about the potential for trading Deshaun Watson. I’m not sure how much insight this offers, however. With four first round picks in the next two years and an extra third round pick this year, the Jets have an excess of Draft capital if they were interested in making a big trade. Their surplus would almost certainly disappear. They might even find themselves Draft pick poor, but this still might not have the implications of totally mortgaging the future.