The New York Jets were reportedly close to making a draft-day trade for eventual New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets were infatuated with Kamara throughout the draft process. The Tennessee running back’s versatility and explosiveness would have given the offense a young, malleable weapon that could help the unit in a number of ways.
However, general manager Mike Maccagnan wasn’t willing to pay the reported price. Kamara wound up going to the Saints with the No. 67 overall pick, three spots before the Jets were originally scheduled to pick next in the third round.
New Orleans wound up keeping their third-round picks in 2017, opting instead to give up a second-round pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2017 to the San Francisco 49ers, who originally owned the pick.
The Jets eventually traded back to No. 79 with the Minnesota Vikings, but they could have moved up for the cost of a fifth or sixth-round pick, according to the NFL Draft trade value chart commonly used among league executives.
Kamara has had a productive preseason with the Saints. On 10 touches, Kamara has 118 yards and ran for a 50-yard touchdown with the starters against the first-team defense of the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Mehta argues that the Jets could have desperately needed a playmaker of Kamara’s ilk and should have done whatever necessary to pull the deal off. He’s also reporting that many people within the scouting department agree that Maccagnan should have pulled the trigger.