By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New York Jets Interim GM Adam Gase made his first trade hours after being appointed the role. Gase is also serving as the team’s head coach.
Gase traded linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday night. In exchange, New York received a 2020 sixth-round pick.
On Wednesday morning, the Jets made sweeping changes. The team fired general manager Mike Mccagnan, who had two years left on his deal at the time of his departure.
The team also fired Mccagnan’s Vice President of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger.
The 24-year-old will make $1.8 million in the final year of his contract. His fifth-year option for $9.5 million was previously turned down by the Jets.
He has been a disappointment since being drafted with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The team previously attempted to trade him before the NFL Draft when Mccagnan was the GM; however, they were not successful.
Lee became expendable once the Jets signed free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley to a five-year, $85 million deal in March.
The 24-year-old Chattanooga, Tennessee native appeared in 12 games last season, all starts with the Jets. He also missed the final four games of the season due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.
When Lee did play, Lee had 74 tackles, including five tackles for a loss, and two quarterback hits in 2018. He also had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown; and have pass deflecitons.
In his three-year career, Lee has made 40 appearances, including 36 starts. He has 238 tackles, including 17 tackles for a loss, and 11 quarterback hits. He has 4.0 sacks, three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown; two forced fumbles, and 11 pass deflections.