Before the trade deadline hit at 4 p.m. last Tuesday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported the Jets made a "very competitive" offer to the Jaguars for DE Dante Fowler Jr. And now we know just how close they were to landing one.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets were very close to trading for the edge rusher before the Jaguars sent him to the Rams. In fact, the Jets made an offer of a third-round and fifth-round pick -- the same as the Rams -- but wanted a fourth-round pick in return. That deal was offered as late as 30 minutes before the deadline struck.
So, because the Jets didn't want to take their fourth-round return pick out of the deal, the Jaguars agreed on the deal the Rams put in place.
But Fowler is only a rental for the Rams. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, which means the Jets could still take a shot at signing him with their ample cap space of $90 million.