What I’m Hearing: NorthJersey.com’s Andy Vasquez on why the Jets firing Mike Maccagnan is so surprising and what led to the abrupt decision.
USA TODAY SportsIt didn’t take long for interim general manager Adam Gase to make his mark on the New York Jets.The Jets have agreed to trade linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for the 2020 sixth-round draft pick, according to multiple reports. Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the transaction.The move goes down just hours after the Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and named head coach Adam Gase as interim GM. Gase is entering his first season as Jets coach, while Maccagnan had been with the team for four years.Now, the team is jettisoning one of Maccagnan’s draft picks. In three seasons with the Jets, Lee hadn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being the No. 20 overall selection of a draft.Darron Lee started 36 games in three seasons with the Jets. (Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports)OPINION: Jets make right call by unloading GMJETS’ NEXT GM? Here are three possible candidatesPOWER RANKINGS: Power rankings: How teams shifted after draftLee leaves behind $1.325 million in dead cap space for the Jets, according to Spotrac. Lee has a non-guaranteed $1.843 million salary with the Chiefs for 2019, per Spotrac. Lee had his fifth-year option declined by the Jets and is set to become a free agent after the upcoming season.So, a fresh start in a contract season with a team that has revamped its defense could be recipe for a career revitalization for Lee. Safety Tyrann Mathieu, linebacker Damien Wilson, and defensive ends Frank Clark, Emmanuel Ogbah and Alex Okafor each join Lee among the Chiefs’ key offseason additions on a defense that ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed last season.Lee was part of a regrettable 2016 draft class for the Jets. In the second round, the team selected quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who never played a down for the Jets, was traded to the Raiders, was waived and then had a rough go of it this spring in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Reineking on Twitter @jimreineking.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide