Will Tennessee Stay Put Or Take Bounty From Franchise Eyeing Mariota?


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets are reportedly among the teams in talks with the Tennessee Titans, who own the second overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL draft.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says that the Titans have had discussions with New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia and St. Louis. ESPN’s Bob Holtzman tweeted earlier in the day that the Jets and Titans had been in contact, though it wasn’t clear “if there were offers made or just talking.”

A swap with the Titans would ensure one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft, likely reigning Heisman winner Marcus Mariota. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to take Florida State’s Jameis Winston with the first overall selection.

The Jets are in good position to trade up or down with the No. 6 pick, or just take the best player available. General manager Mike Maccagnan recently touted the benefits of adding picks, which hints at a slide down the board, but wouldn’t rule out the opposite scenario. New York’s most glaring weakness is at quarterback, and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson could be intriguing trade bait.

Meanwhile, the Browns have two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 19) to use as chips in a deal, the Rams have the 10th overall selection, and it’s believed Eagles coach Chip Kelly will do — or at least attempt — whatever is necessary to leap up from 20th to reunite with his former signal-caller in Oregon.

Of course, the Titans could stay put and draft Mariota — or Winston, if the Bucs do something unexpected.

“It’s crazy. I think it’s pretty wide open,” Mariota told WFAN radio’s Mike Francesa last week. “My agent said at this time in the process you usually have a good idea of where you might end up and he told me yesterday, ‘Dude, I have no idea. Just go ahead and enjoy the process and we’ll see what happens.’ So, I’m just going to take it for what it’s worth and see what happens.”

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