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Jets GM Joe Douglas open to making big trade for the ‘right player’

New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas might be walking into a nice situation with rising star second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, but the executive hired in June—after the NFL’s draft—has several big decisions to make outside of the vaulted QB position.

Douglas, coming over from the Philadelphia Eagles after a three-year stint as their player personnel vice president, has holes all over the field for the Jets. First and foremost, New York needs an elite pass rusher before playoff or Super Bowl contention discussions begin.

Next, the Jets’ secondary is rather pitiful outside of former first- and second-round selections in safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, respectively.

Would Douglas be open to trading for top talent to restore the former glory days of Gang Green’s defensive backs? The answer is a solid maybe, via theScore per SNY on Twitter.

“I can’t really get into hypotheticals, but I would say if it was the right player, (we’d) certainly entertain it,” he told reporters. “We’re in the business of making this roster better, and so if the right opportunity presented itself, I certainly wouldn’t shut it down.”

“I feel like you’re narrowing this player down,” Douglas laughed when given a description that fits Clowney. “Again, if it was the right player, right situation, we’d consider it.”

Clowney has been the source of trade rumors in recent weeks due to the former first-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft’s forthcoming contract expiration.

The Houston Texans franchise tagged their 26-year-old elite defensive end earlier in the offseason, but that has not prevented speculation to swirl around Clowney, and it makes sense given New York’s need for a pass rusher.