Buzz: Jets interested in trading for Dante Fowler?

Here's a rumor from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

Whether there's anything behind this buzz or just a matter of the team doing its due diligence remains to be seen but the idea of the Jets going after Fowler - a player who has struggled to live up to his draft status, but would be a clear upgrade over anything the Jets currently possess - is worth considering.

Fowler tore his ACL as a rookie, then slowly worked his way back in 2016 before racking up eight sacks off the bench for the Jaguars last season. The Jets were led by Demario Davis' five sacks with no edge defender surpassing 3.5 sacks.

Fowler, the former third overall pick, has had some off-field issues and the Jaguars didn't pick up his fifth year option so he's out of contract at the end of this season. However, with Mike Maccagnan already having told the media the Jets are looking into the edge rusher market, some level of interest in Fowler is inevitable.

The Jets likely wouldn't be prepared to give up a premium pick for Fowler but could show interest if they can land a potential bargain, perhaps for a mid-to-late rounder. Maybe they could also throw in a player to lower the amount of draft compensation required.

Despite his comparatively healthy sack numbers, Fowler has been somewhat disappointing, as he doesn't offer much against the run and hasn't racked up outstanding pressure numbers either. However, his raw talent, a change of scenery and a clear opportunity for a major role on defense could make him a fit with the Jets.

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