WATCH: Three trade options for Jets to add depth in wake of Chris Herndon's suspension

Rolando Rosa

The Jets are unfortunately going to be without one of their main offensive weapons for a quarter of season. Could they scour the trade market for a short-term solution?

The NFL announced that tight end Chris Herndon is suspended for four games without pay due to violating the league's policy and program on substances of abuse. The violation stems from Herndon entering a guilty plea from a DUI arrest. 

Herndon will be eligible to return to action after the Jets' Oct. 6 game at the Eagles. 

It was widely assumed the suspension would be for two games, however the decision was modified because the victim claimed bodily harm from the incident, according to NFL.com. 

This is a significant blow to the Jets' offense as they play the Bills, Browns, Patriots and Eagles in Herndon's absence. Herndon is a favorite target of quarterback Sam Darnold. As a rookie last season, Herndon hauled in 39 receptions, 502 yards and four touchdowns. 

The other tight ends on the Jets are Daniel Brown, Eric Tomlinson and rookie Trevon Wesco, all of whom are more skilled at blocking than receiving. NJ.com calls those internal options "underwhelming" and offered up three trade possibilities that Jets GM Joe Douglas might explore instead for depth. 

NJ.com suggests looking into veterans Richard Rodgers and Joshua Perkins from the Eagles. NJ.com describes Rodgers and Perkins, who are currently vying for the No. 3 tight end spot in Philadelphia, as options that "both offer versatility as receivers and blockers."

NJ.com also throws out the possibility of Ravens tight end Nick Boyle. Boyle amassed 23 receptions for 213 yards last season. 

With Douglas' previous ties to the Eagles and Ravens, these three tight ends absolutely could be considered on the trade market. 

Additionally, ESPN reporter Rich Cimini proposes that versatile Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa can serve as a stopgap solution while Herndon is out. 

Regardless of the path the Jets decide, it'll be tough to replace Herndon, who is a dynamic triple threat. Whoever gets the nod will need to admirably hold down the fort until Herndon gets back. 

Comments (16)
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Hbkjcm
Hbkjcm

We must be content with our backups then. I'd still like for us to at least see what's out there in trades.

JetsManiac
JetsManiac

I just don't get how if we knew this suspension was coming why didn't we prepare by adding another TE in free agency?

Rolando Rosa
Rolando Rosa

Editor

Yea not unexpected because everyone knew Herndon would get suspended. But everything I read before this became official implied that it was going to be a two-game suspension. So the fact that it's actually a 4-game suspension is the part that shocked me. Losing Herndon's production for that long is tough but the Jets will find a way to work around his absence.

nyjets011269
nyjets011269

This was expected and the Jets knew it.

JetsHard
JetsHard

It is what it is... Why do we always complain and focus on the negative, smh...

NEXT MAN UP !!!

I believe if they give him the reps in practice and coach him up, TTREVON WESCO is capable of filling in the gap.. L👀k up the kid's college highlights, plus we have other talent on the offense, and we haven't had TE production IN YEARRRRS... Let's STOP being a pessimistic fan base! JETS HARD in 2019

Rolando Rosa
Rolando Rosa

Editor

I know you guys are all outraged and you have every right to be. Herndon's off the field decision making totally has to improve. But whether it's someone already on the roster or an outside addition, the Jets won't idly stand pat. They understand the importance of filling this void.

twofactor23
twofactor23

Man I love my boy but this is a terrible look for him. We were really counting on him.

Hbkjcm
Hbkjcm

Apparently it's like it has to be in your DNA when you sign on with us😑 This big time blows.

JetsManiac
JetsManiac

I'm beyond pissed. This is the stuff that makes me the maniac🤬 Can we ever just not have drama?!

Laurg1089
Laurg1089

Herndon's immaturity is costing us in a major way smh. The first four games are no cakewalk. Whoever we make the TE isn't going to compare to his talent.

SouthJerseySwag
SouthJerseySwag

Yo my heart sank when I saw the news😥 I can't believe they doubled the suspension. JD please work your magic with a trade or hopefully one of our current guys steps up.

GangGreen91
GangGreen91

Nooooooo! 4 games?!?! Man this frickin sucks😰 We gotta hold it down tho! #GangGreen