Jets Trade Steve McLendon To Buccaneers

Is the fire sale starting? Just hours after their latest loss the Jets have agreed to trade defensive tackle Steve McLendon to the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.

The Buccaneers will send a sixth-round pick in 2022 and get back a seventh-round pick in 2023, Stroud tweets. Tampa Bay was in need of a nose tackle run-stuffer after the season-ending injury to Vita Vea, so they went out and made a quick move. McLendon will be reuniting with Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who was his head coach with the Jets, which helps explain this acquisition.

McLendon was a locker room leader for the Jets and his departure will ‘sting’ some current Jets players, Brian Costello of the New York Post tweets. McLendon was one of the few vocal guys in the locker room, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com tweets. The Jets are now 0-6 on the year, and it’s hard not to feel like this is the beginning of a larger tanking process.

There are still two-plus weeks until the trade deadline, and it wouldn’t be surprising if more of New York’s veterans were shipped out before it as they currently lead in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. McLendon is 34 now, but still capable of clogging up some running lanes.

He’s a free agent at the end of the year, so it makes sense for Jets GM Joe Douglas to get anything for him while he still can, no matter how small. An UDFA from Troy in 2009, McLendon spent his first seven years with the Steelers before signing a three-year, $12MM pact with the Jets in 2016. He’s started at least 14 games in each of the past three seasons. He’s never provided too much as a pass-rusher, although he did have 2.5 sacks last year. He’s not Vea, but this will still be a welcome addition for a contending Tampa team in need of bodies in the middle.

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42 comments on “Jets Trade Steve McLendon To Buccaneers

    • Al Hirschen

      After Trump loses the election Woody Johnson will return to run the Jets

      • letmeclearmythroat74

        He won’t lose … silent majority is still here … just like 2016

          • yankees28

            Yeah evry1 is a racist except u . Half the country gets together make some nice bonfires on weekends in hoodies. U not invited. Because ur special

        • forwhomjoshbelltolls

          Quick math lesson: Majorities don’t get 3 million fewer votes.

        • America rarely prosecutes our rich, powerful, or famous. And this is regardless of the person’s political affiliation or the political party currently holding the most power. So I wouldn’t put to much hope in anyone getting prosecuted.

    • natsfan3437

      Williamson is good
      Hewitt is ok but slow and gets burned in coverage.
      Cashman has promise but needs coaching. Really fast an ok tackler would be a project.
      Luvu is bad.

      • yankees28

        Love luvu. But he sucks. Only real reliable guy is Avery and jets need to start playing some random guys in hope they get a practice squad guy who’s good right now very few players on this team

        • yankees28

          They cld have a dcent oline by next year and they have picks mayb mins but everyone Douglas drafted is injured

  1. markdavisbarber

    If the Jets are going to get rid of Quinnen Williams for the right price…. I think the Raiders would be interested…

    He has not performed to the expectation of a #3 over all pick, but I believe that Gruden can and would get the best out of him….

    • wagner13

      Why would the Jets give up the 2019 third overall pick after just 22 games? He has not been bad enough to necessitate a change and they would not receive enough draft capital in return to make a trade worth it. Give the man a chance to develop. As a Raiders fan, you should be well aware that players do not always play to their draft status in their initial season. Clelin Ferrell, anyone? He looked helpless as a pass-rusher in his rookie campaign but looks like a new player thus far in 2020

      • Because they’re a poorly run organization? It’s the same reason guys like Rosen and Haskins are drafted high and jettisoned almost immediately without a chance to develop.

  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    Jordan Jenkins could get some draft capital back. At least a ‘21 pick.

  3. phenomenalajs

    I think “tanking for Trevor” is ridiculous for a couple reasons. First, that would imply they would be purposely playing worse which I don’t think is possible. Second, Trevor is a great talent, but he would be just as screwed as Sam with no weapons around him. I’d rather trade down a few spots for Ja’Marr Chase than draft another “franchise” QB to be thrown to the wolves.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      Sometimes. Just not the best out of a team. The owner is a two-bit socialite more concerned with winning back pages than games. They’re never on the cutting edge of any aspect of football. They hire rookie HCs in a market not kind to the uninitiated. Usually a DC, gets to the playoffs their first season, one and done, and struggle the next 3 years, fired. Rinse repeat.

      They’ve fired GMs but kept HCs. They plug in rookie QBs without OLs or support players at WR or RB. They are virtually the antithesis of how to run a football team. But they do spend money. So, there’s that…

  4. hoosierhysteria

    Todd Bowles knows players. They went and got another locker room leader. Go Bucs!

  5. Brownsfan83

    Henry Anderson Avery Williamson Neville Hewitt and ryan griffin , to the Broncos for Melvin Gordon duke dawson jr Shelby harris , 2021 2nd round pick plus 1st round pick

    • jonnyzuck

      not sure why Denver would give up a 1st and 2nd round pick for those guys but the Jets would jump at that deal

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