Jets trade defensive captain Steve McLendon to Bucs following latest loss


It appears the Jets have begun selling off key pieces of the team ahead of the trade deadline.

Following Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins, which dropped the Jets to 0-6, the team traded nose tackle and defensive team captain Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per multiple reports.

The deal also included the Jets sending a 2023 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2022 sixth rounder.

McLendon, 34, was the longest-tenured player on the Jets, joining the team in 2016 from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has 14 tackles in six games this season and will reunite with former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who is the defensive coordinator for Tampa Bay.

The McLendon trade also comes days after the Jets decided to release running back Le’Veon Bell after they were unable to find a trade partner for the veteran back.

More changes will likely follow as the NFL trade deadline is set for Nov. 3 and that could also include head coach Adam Gase, who is most definitely on the hot seat as the Jets remain the only winless team in the NFL.

Gase said after Sunday’s loss that he is not worried about his job status.

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