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Chiefs acquires LB Darron Lee from Jets

Darron Lee

The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired linebacker Darron Lee from the New York Jets.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted the news on May 15.

The Jets fired general Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. The team appointed head coach Adam Gase as its interim general manager. The search for Maccagnan’s replacement is ongoing.

Lee’s trade to the Chiefs is Gase’s first move as Jets interim GM. NJ.com’s Darryl Slater says Lee has been a major disappointment since the Jets made him the 20th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Lee didn’t impress Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Slater shared his thoughts on Lee’s trade to the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Lee’s departure has been inevitable since the Jets gave $51 million to inside linebacker C.J. Mosley this offseason. Mosley will be the Jets’ middle linebacker in 2019. They’re sliding their former middle linebacker, Avery Williamson, to Lee’s weak-side linebacker spot.

Since Lee wasn’t going to be a starter in 2019 – and since the Jets already declined their fifth-year option in his rookie contract for 2020 – it seemed only a matter of time before he was moved.

For their part, the acquisition of Lee fortifies a Kansas City defense featuring Alex Okafor, Emmanuel Ogbah, Frank Clark, Bashaud Breeland, and Tyrann Mathieu.

Despite winning 12 games and reaching the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, the Chiefs ranked 31st in team total defense last season (6,488 yards).

On that note, it would be interesting to see how Kansas City’s new-look defense will fare in the 2019 NFL season. New acquisition Darron Lee should play a major role for the Chiefs.

In three seasons with the Jets, the 24-year-old Lee amassed 238 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.