Breaking: Jets trade for Shaq Lawson

Just when you thought the Jets weren't going to have Lawson flying off the edge this season:

The Jets are reportedly giving up the 2022 sixth round pick that they acquired in the Jordan Willis trade last season for Lawson, a 27-year old former first round pick who has 20.5 sacks in five NFL seasons.

While he's never really lived up to his first round status, Lawson is a good run defender and an adequate pass rusher. His best season was 2019 when he had 6.5 sacks, but he's had at least four in every season since his rookie year so he's been consistent.

Lawson is basically on a minimum salary this year and scheduled to earn $9 million next year, none of which is guaranteed, so it's a low risk deal considering the price they're paying. He won't replace the contributions the Jets were expecting from his namesake, Carl Lawson, but at least the Jets won't now have to rely as much on inexperienced young players.

Update: Safety Bennett Jackson was released in the corresponding move.