The New York Jets executed a player-for-player swap less than 12 hours after their preseason loss to the New York Giants.
The Jets are sending cornerback Dex McDougle to the Philadelphia Eagles for safety Terrence Brooks.
The move comes four days before the Jets and Eagles face each other in their annual preseason finale. It’s also the second straight-up player-for-player trade the Jets have been involved with this year, after acquiring Demario Davis from Cleveland in exchange for Calvin Pryor.
Speaking of Pryor, the Jets had no concern trading their former first-round pick away once rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye were in the building. Adams and Maye are likely to start at strong and free safety, respectively, and long-time special teamer Rontez Miles was expected to be a second-stringer at safety along with Ronald Martin. The team also signed Robenson Therezie at the position in August.
Coincidentally, Brooks and McDougle were drafted one pick apart from each other in 2014. The Baltimore Ravens selected Brooks 79th overall in the third round out of Florida State, but in September 2016, Baltimore released him at the cut deadline and the Eagles signed him off waivers.
Last year was Brooks’ best, statistically: He recorded an interception and two forced fumbles for Philly.
McDougle, meanwhile, was having his best training camp since arriving with the Jets and was seriously challenging Marcus Williams, Darryl Roberts and Juston Burris for playing time at cornerback. Perhaps the Jets figured they needed more depth at safety than at corner. At any rate, McDougle’s departure from New York means that only two of former GM John Idzik’s 12 picks in the 2014 draft – Quincy Enunwa and back-up guard Dakota Dozier – remain on the team just three seasons later. The Jets’ first five picks (Pryor, Jace Amaro, McDougle, Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans) are all off the team.