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For New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson to unlock his full potential in 2022, he needs to stay upright.

The protection around him will be paramount for Wilson to have a chance next season. While Gang Green has flirted with adding a few different options, perhaps the trade route could be the best way to go.

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Former NFL scout and current contributor for Jets Country on Sports Illustrated, Daniel Kelly recently explained why the Jets should make a trade for Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Andre Dillard.

“Trading for a quality offensive tackle has got to be the number one priority for Jets’ General Manager Joe Douglas right now. It is time to sound the alarm and pick up the red phone and make a deal. Eagles’ OT Andre Dillard is said to be available, and he is exactly what the Jets need.”

The mammoth-sized (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) big man originally entered the NFL back in 2019 as the No. 22 overall pick in the first round.

Dillard has struggled to get on the field and has fallen out of favor with the Eagles. Tim McManus of ESPN said the veteran “could draw trade interest from tackle-needy teams” this offseason.

In three seasons the former Washington State product has only started in 9 out of 49 possible games. Dillard did play in 31 total games but missed the entire 2020 campaign due to a torn biceps injury.

In Kelly’s column, a possible trade price wasn’t discussed although it isn’t expected to be exorbitant based on what he has accomplished in his NFL career to date.

While he has had his fair share of struggles, no one knows him better than the Jets GM. Douglas, prior to accepting his job with the green and white, worked for the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of that NFL draft.

That past connection should provide plenty of insight for him to feel comfortable about pulling the trigger on this deal.

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Whether by trade, free agency, waiver wire, or even making an exchange at your local grocery store at 3 am in the parking lot: the Jets need another body at offensive tackle.

Mekhi Becton and George Fant are really solid starters that have proven when healthy they can be dynamic. Although the problem is that the durability caveat of that equation is not something you can mess around with.

Neither Becton nor Fant have ever completed a full season so if you walk into camp with only those two capable players on the roster, you’re clearly playing with fire.

Kelly also made another really good point in his column about why the Jets should add another body at offensive tackle sooner rather than later:

“Making a trade for Dillard gives the Jets the kind of insurance they need, plus it would give Douglas leverage with Fant.”

Fant is in the middle of a contract negotiation with the Jets and has to be feeling pretty good. We mentioned that Becton has had some issues and they don’t have a capable backup, meaning Fant has strong leverage to ask for whatever he wants.

Regardless of what transpires with Fant this offseason, the Jets have to possess a hope for the best and expect the worst kind of strategy. It would be groovy if Becton and Fant stay healthy, but you have to prepare for the worst-case scenario and have guys ready to step up if need be.

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NBA Insider Shuts Down Recent Kevin Durant Trade Rumors

Getty Kevin Durant and Steve Nash of the Brooklyn Nets look on during a game against the Miami Heat.

This week the August 8 reporting from Shams Charania of The Athletic shocked the basketball world with the news that the superstar presented Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai with an ultimatum in their meeting over the weekend. However, another shocking news piece came when the Philadelphia 76ers were named as a potential trade partner reuniting him once again with James Harden. 

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On August 10, Ian Begley reported that Durant has Philadelphia at the top of his list of suitors “Durant also sees Philadelphia as another welcome landing spot, per people familiar with the matter,” Begley wrote. 

Reports on August 12, Sports Illustrated shared that there were “high-ranking members of the Sixers” that are interested in discussing a deal with the Nets for Kevin Durant. 

However, recently ESPN’s Front Office Insider, Bobby Marks, discussed why the deal might not be able to happen from a salary perspective. 

Marks: Durant and Philadelphia Deal ‘Doesn’t Make Sense at all’

As far as the other suitors for Durant, Philadelphia doesn’t have quite the trade package to send Brooklyn as the others. Sure, they could include Tyrese Maxey, but that doesn’t meet their All-Star expectations. Bobby Marks talked about the Sixers’ lack of assets to include in a Durant deal. 

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“When you look at certainly with Philadelphia and certainly Brooklyn here, it’s going to be a challenge, right? Certainly, we’re talking about Kevin Durant here when we look at it from Brooklyn’s perspective, but when you’re looking at it from Philadelphia, basically the only player from a salary standpoint is a player like Tobias Harris, so when you look at Harris, and certainly players like as Matt said, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, you’re limited as far as what you’re going to be able to trade out. You’re not going to trade out, certainly, James Harden can’t be traded until December. You’re not going to trade Joel Embiid here. Remember, they’ve already traded Brooklyn two first round picks, 2023 and 2027. They owe Oklahoma City a first in 2025. So when you look at it, only the first that they can trade it out is 2029. And if you’re the Nets’ perspective, you have their picks already,” Marks said. 

Marks also noted that Brooklyn is already in possession of Philadelphia’s draft picks, which may hurt the deal’s potential assets-wise, and to avoid making the Sixers better and hurting their future picks. 

“So, are you going to make this team a lot better? So when maybe that pick turns into the early 20s, now it’s going to be the 28th or 29th pick in the draft. So the pieces are there certainly when you look at Harris and Maxey and Thybulle for Durant, but from a draft pick perspective, it doesn’t make sense. If you’re going to trade Kevin Durant to a team in your conference. You want Jaylen Brown back, right? That’s the guy that you want back in a deal and you want draft picks. This for me, doesn’t make sense at all, “Marks continued. 

Perhaps Durant’s ultimatum works in accelerating a trade for him, but it doesn’t look like the 76ers could be the best fit in a trade for the Brooklyn superstar.

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