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The writing looks to be on the wall for Darron Lee and the New York Jets. It already seemed like the Jets might soon part ways with their former first-round pick, after they signed C.J. Mosley this offseason, but after they didn't pick up Lee's fifth-year option, it's all but assured that he'll be gone – possibly even prior to Week 1.
There were reports that the Jets unsuccessfully tried to trade Lee during the 2019 NFL Draft, but a talented inside linebacker like him could upgrade a lot of defenses throughout the league. With the Jets likely wanting to get a deal done before the season starts, here are three potential trade destinations for Lee.
3. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals were so bad in 2018 that they earned the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. While they've seemingly improved at linebacker, by adding Terrell Suggs in free agency, slotting Lee in at middle linebacker would go a long way in making them a competitive team this coming season. Additionally, the Cardinals run a 3-4 scheme, which is what Lee ran with the Jets, potentially making it an easy transition in Arizona.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers have a playoff-caliber defense, but their biggest weakness is at linebacker. They don't have much depth at the position, so much so that they were forced to play safeties at linebacker at points last season. Lee would likely slot in as a starter at middle linebacker for the Chargers and could give them another playmaker on defense heading into the 2019 season.
1. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are probably the most linebacker-needy team in the NFL. While the Bengals did draft two linebackers in the 2019 NFL Draft, neither is likely to make the immediate impact that Lee would. With former starting middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict now with the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati could make a quick fix to its linebacker problem by giving up a future mid-round draft pick or two.
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