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Jets swing huge trade with Colts to move up in draft

The NFL draft is not for another 40 days, but the Jets have already made a big splash with a blockbuster St. Patrick’s Day trade.

Gang Green moved up three spots in the first round Saturday, acquiring the No. 3 pick from the Colts in return for the Jets’ first-round pick this year (No. 6 overall), two second-round picks this year (37th, 49th overall) and their 2019 second-round pick.

The Jets entered this offseason knowing they had to find a long-term quarterback. They tried to land top free agent Kirk Cousins, but were rebuffed. Once Cousins chose the Vikings, the Jets moved onto Plan B, signing veteran stop-gaps Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater and trying to move up in the draft. They had spoken to the Colts earlier this offseason about making the move, but talks heated up this week once they were out of the Cousins sweepstakes.

That led to the Jets shifting to their original plan of landing one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. They secured McCown, who had a strong season for them last year, and Bridgewater, who could be the starter this year if he has recovered from a devastating left knee injury, and now they made their move to get their quarterback in the draft.

The move came without the Jets having to surrender their 2019 first-round pick. Most teams in recent years have had to give up a future first-rounder when moving up to grab a quarterback. Still, the move came at a hefty price. Three second-round picks are nothing to sneeze at, especially for a rebuilding team like the Jets.

Worked for the NFL, right? a smiling Marchand said while standing next to Bettman, announcing the new agreement to 17 reporters from and three interns from other outlets with waning interest.

Perpetual perpetrator Andrew Shaw went headhunting for Dallas defenseman Greg Pateryn, and Shaw ended up getting the worst of the collision, seemingly suffering a concussion. Pateryn was obviously upset with the hit, and didn’t help matters by punching a helpless Shaw while he writhed on the ground. But was Pateryn incorrect when he said: That speaks for itself, the way he plays. That’s why he has four or five concussions a year?

Ugly situation all around, and reinforces the fact that this piece from Real Sports should be mandatory viewing for all those involved in the NHL.

You probably saw, or at least heard about, TB12’s appearance on CBS Late Night with Stephen Colbert a couple of weeks ago? He chugged a beer, whipping Colbert in a contest just as he might have once done as a student at Michigan.

I said, might have. We’re not casting any aspersions here.

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