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