Jets a possibility for Mariota?
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (The Spread) - Could the New York Jets be interested in trading up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in this month's NFL draft?
The Jets are in the market for a single-caller under new head coach Todd Bowles, who was hired to replace Rex Ryan, now with division rival the Buffalo Bills. Geno Smith disappointed in his second full season in 2014 and despite trading for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, the Jets' brass hinted on Thursday (via ESPN.com) that they might be willing to make a bold move later this month.
"We want competition at every position," Bowles said. "Ryan is going to compete, as well as Geno is going to compete, and we hope to add somebody else to compete with them, along with [Matt] Simms."
The team's new general manager Mike Maccagnan added to the speculation that the Jets could trade up for Mariota.
"Sitting at six is a very good spot to be in," Maccagnan said. "It does allow us the potential to move up in the draft because we're not far from the first pick."
Latest rumors have Mariota being selected at No. 2 behind Jameis Winston, who is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Titans currently hold the No. 2 pick but could they be enticed to trade back for the right deal? We'll find out soon.