Trading him makes little to no sense

To paraphrase Steely Dan, “The things that pass for news, I can’t understand.”

There is this story all over the internet quoting Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams responding to HYPOTHETICAL trade rumors.

“I’d be disappointed,” Williams said to CBS Sports Radio when asked about the possibility of being traded. “I really want to be a Jet for life. I like New York, and I want to play in New York.”

Who said they were interested in trading him? Nobody at One Jets Drive. Some NFL reporters brought up Williams’ name as a player the Jets might have to include in a trade for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

So how is that news?

Plus, the Jets, right now, have so few standouts on their roster, why would they trade one of the few they have?

And by the way, the new coach is a huge fan of Williams.

“Absolutely love Quinnen,” said Jets coach Robert Saleh. “I’m really excited to get the seat belt off his harness and let him go in this scheme, to get him going vertical, to get all that mass moving in the direction that it needs to go. Really excited about the potential that he’s going to have. Loved them coming out, obviously, we took (Nick) Bosa (in San Francisco). He was right there as part of the discussion, I can assure you that.”

The gushing didn’t stop there.

“With regards to that young man, his mindset, his athleticism, his power, his love for football, really, really excited to see him in our system, especially up front in the way we designed with that attack style in regard to penetration and all that stuff, so excited. Obviously, he’s got to do his part and put in the work, but everything I know about him and everything that we’ve studied with regards to draft and what I’ve heard here is he’s going to be up to the task, and can’t wait to see what he does.”

Does that sound like a coach who wants the organization to trade the player?

This is kind of a non-story.

I’m sorry, reporters speculating on what it would take to make a trade doesn’t constitute news.


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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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