The New York Jets continue to add weapons on the offensive side of the ball ahead of a possible trade for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Almost immediately after trading wide receiver Elijah Moore to the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, reports surfaced about Mecole Hardman and the Jets agreed to a one-year deal.
The deal is believed to be worth up to $6.5 million, the NFL Network reported.
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The former Georgia football star spent his first four NFL seasons in Kansas City after being drafted in the second round in 2019.
He went on to win two Super Bowls with the Chiefs and received All-Pro honors after his breakout rookie season.
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Hardman has amassed 2,088 receiving yards on 151 receptions. He has also scored two touchdowns as a running back and as a kick returner.
But Hardman had to work his way through injury during his 2022 campaign. A groin and abdominal injury sidelined Hardman for nine games. He also wasn’t healthy enough to play in Super Bowl LVII against the Eagles.
His limited time on the football field resulted in career lows in receptions and receiving yards for Hardman. He though he managed to score six touchdowns (four receiving and two rushing) in his eight games in 2022.
Hardman underwent surgery to repair his groin last month.
The Jets’ roster already featured wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who had 1,103 receiving yards in his rookie season, and recently signed Allen Lazard.
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Lazard, Rodgers’ former teammate at Green Bay, signed a four-year, $44 million contract last week. The Jets’ other wide receivers include Corey Davis and Denzel Mims.