It did not take long for the New York Jets interim chief Adam Gase to make his first trade.
The Wednesday night team agreed to send line jacks Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2020-sixth round election, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Gaser inherited the workforce earlier Wednesday when General Manager Mike Maccagnan was fired after four seasons. Gas, employed in January as a coach, will act as an interim GM until a new one is employed.
Maccagnan picked Lee in the first round of the 2016 draft. His days were numbered as soon as the jets signed the middle-class boy C.J. Mosley to a record order in free agency. They tried to trade Lee during the NFL draft last month, and then refused to exercise their fifth-year option.
Lee was the 20th overall pick in the draft for 2016. It was a curious choice, because at 6-foot-1 and 232 pounds he seemed small to record linebacker in the 3-4 defense. The coaching staff showed the size and said he suited the growing trend of fast line backers that could play in space against scattered crimes.
The former Ohio State standout fought during its first two seasons, especially against the run, but he showed signs of improvement in 2018. He made three interceptions – the first three of his career – including one back for a touchdown.
Lee felt he had played well enough to earn Pro Bowl considerations, but his season came to an abrupt end after the 12th game when he received a four-game suspension to break the league's substance abuse policy. He has not yet commented publicly on the issue.
Due to the postponement, Lee's 2019 basic salary of $ 1.84 million is no longer fully guaranteed, for the warranty to expire. Jets did not intend to exercise its fifth-year option by 2020, which would have been estimated at $ 10 million.
|2019||3.||DT Quinnen Williams|
|2018||3.||QB Sam Darnold|
|2017||6.||S Jamal Adams **|
|2016||20.||LB Darron Lee * 19659016] 2015||6.||DE Leonard Williams **|
|* Traded to Chiefs|
|** Pro Bowler|
In Jets's mindset, Lee was consumed when signing Mosley for a five-year, $ 85 million free agency contract. Mosley will replace Avery Williamson, who will slip over to Lee's former place – the weak inside linebacker position.
Williamson's $ 8 million salary is guaranteed, and there was no chance of the animals eating so much money. In three seasons, Lee started 36 out of 40 games, compiled four sacks, two forced fumbles, and no fumble recoveries.
Lee became the first of Maccagnan's first rounds of jettisoned roster. The second four-defensive deal, Quinnen Williams, quarterback Sam Darnold, security Jamal Adams and defensive end Leonard Williams – were all top six picks.
In Kansas City, Lee should have the chance to play the time.
The bosses, with one of the NFL's worst defensive teams last season, have undergone a dramatic overhaul on that side of the ball. Among the changes, there is a 4-3 defensive system.
At least one of the starting line tips is busy after the Chiefs traded one of last year's starters in Dee Ford and released another in Justin Houston. Anthony Hitchens, a free agent supplement last year, and Damien Wilson, who signed this year, turn out to be two of the starters. The third place is up to the roof, and that was where Lee could take a look.
The managers also have Reggie Ragland, who started 15 games last season and Dorian O & # 39; Daniel, a third round to pick last season.  ESPN's Adam Teicher contributed to this report.