The New York Jets traded Mecole Hardman Jr to Kansas City on Wednesday. The Chiefs traded its 2025 sixth-round draft pick to the Jets for a 2025 seventh-round pick and Hardman. Also, the Chiefs think Hardman is the answer to their dismay wide receiver play this year. The Chiefs’ WR leader in catches, yards, and receptions is rookie Rashee Rice.

According to football news reports, the Chiefs had hoped for more from veteran wideouts Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, and Skyy Moore. The trio has had 35 receptions for 353 yards and two touchdowns.

The Chiefs selected Hardman in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. As a first-year player, he averaged 20.7 yards per grab and scored seven touchdowns (one of which came on a kickoff return).

Jets Traded Mecole Hardman Jr

The Jets Traded Mecole Hardman Jr to the ChiefsAccording to bookie pay per head reviews and news sites, Hardman’s 2021 totals of 59 receptions and 693 yards were career highs. After missing eight games due to injury, his performance suffered for the rest of the season. Hardman only played 28 offensive snaps for the Jets this season and has one reception through five games after being signed to a one-year, $4 million contract this offseason.

Hardman never voiced his displeasure with his marginal role until a recent interview with ESPN. At the time, he pondered why he was not being used on runs involving screens and other technological devices.

The Jets guaranteed $3.6 million to Hardman, but youngster Xavier Gipson has moved him down to the fourth wide receiver position. In training camp, Gipson also beat out Hardman for the role of punt returner. Hardman sat out Game 5 with no injuries. Irv Charles was promoted to play fifth receiver that week against the Denver Broncos due to his special team’s prowess.

Despite interest from the Cleveland Browns and other clubs, Hardman signed with the New York Jets in part because of the chance to play alongside Aaron Rodgers. Hardman claimed the Jets’ offensive woes began when their quarterback suffered an Achilles tendon tear in week one. As time passed, it became apparent that New York was over him.

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