First Off-Season Move: An Overrated WR and a Backup QB?


Here are the first drops of that much-passed-around Chad Pennington rumor, plus a bit more:

JetNation.com has learned that the Jets have had conversations with the Kansas City Chiefs about a blockbuster trade. The Jets would send both Chad Pennington and Laveranues Coles to Kansas City in exchange for the Chiefs 1st round pick. The Jets would also receive a 4th rounder and a possible 2nd day pick in the 2009 draft. The 2009 pick would be tied in some way to performance. We are told that a deal is essentially in place and it will be announced in the off-season.

Apparently, this JetNation.com has a nice link into the rumor pipeline, as they hint at later in the story:

The source that provided JetNation.com with this information has been very accurate in the past. This is the same source that broke the Andre Wadsworth signing before camp this year.

If this is true, I’d have to express a lot of excitement in Coles, but not so much in Chad. I’ve never really been a big fan of Pennington, so it would be difficult to get as hyped up about getting him in the deal as I would about gaining any other decent starter as a safety-net backup. Coles, standing 5″11′, seems a bit short for what Herm typically likes, but I guess that’s debatable, being that he drafted the guy.

Really, to me, it seems crazy to me to give up a 1st round pick for this kind of value. It reminds me a lot of a rushed, emotional, Dick Vermeil “OMGWENEEDTHISPLAYERFORTHISPOSITION” move. But I guess it strengthens out two positions, so… who knows. Here’s a glimpse at what I think KC’s really getting for these two guys:

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