No Reason for Trevor Lawrence to Avoid the Jets

There’s a sentiment among the media that Trevor Lawrence will avoid going to the Jets. That would entail either returning to Clemson for another year or staging an Eli Manning-type holdout to force a trade. Given that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney recently said that he believes Lawrence will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, the holdout would be the most likely avenue for Lawrence to eschew being drafted by the Jets.

The thing is, there’s no reason for Lawrence to avoid the Jets.

Well, let me rephrase that. Unless the Jets retain Adam Gase, there’s no reason for Lawrence to avoid the Jets.

It would make no sense for the Jets not to fire Gase, a man who somehow gets players to perform at their worst. He has attempt to derail the careers of DeVante Parker, Le’Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Kenyan Drake and many others. Those who have left Gase have played on a higher level. Those who have joined Gase have gotten worse. Lawrence projects to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but he would likely just be an occasional Pro Bowler if paired with Gase. If the Jets don’t fire Gase, Lawrence should pull an Eli at all cost.

Assuming the Jets don’t retain the worst head coach in the NFL, Lawrence has no reason to stage a holdout. While it’s not exactly appealing to join a team that is currently 0-9 at the moment, there’s plenty of upside. This includes:

  • A talented, young receiving corps with plenty of upside. The Jets still need a No. 1 receiver, but Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims are all solid players.

  • A franchise left tackle in Mekhi Becton, who has performed very well as a rookie, as well as some other quality offensive linemen.

  • Two first-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, plus the 33rd-overall selection.

  • The second-most cap space in the NFL.

    With three selections in the top 33, and lots of financial freedom, the Jets can really upgrade their roster, even before Lawrence takes a single snap with his new team!

    In addition to being surrounded with much better talent next year, Lawrence would also be in a huge market, which would expand his ability to make money off sponsorships. The Jets’ most historic quarterback, Joe Namath, is still selling products at the age of 77. If Lawrence ends up being 75 percent of what is expected of him, he’ll be in commercials for the rest of his life.

    Besides, where else would Lawrence go? Would he rather play for the Jaguars, a team with the lowest marketing ability possible? What about the Redskins, who have dubious leadership? Those are the two primary alternatives, assuming the Jets refuse to give the inner-city rival Giants their next franchise quarterback.

    I don’t know why everyone can’t see it, but there’s no reason for Lawrence to avoid the Jets. In fact, it’s the ideal landing spot for him. With that in mind, I fully expect Lawrence to be starting for Gang Green come September 2021. That assumes, of course, Gase is no longer with the team.

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