New York Jets: Would Anyone Actually Trade for Wayne Hunter?

Sam QuinnContributor IIIApril 23, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07:  Wayne Hunter #78 of the New York Jets walks off the field after practice at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are reportedly shopping several players in an attempt to create some more cap space, according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. And while we aren't quite sure who those players are, we can guess that Wayne Hunter is among them. 

My question is, would anyone actually trade for him?

Washington is a sleeper with a need on the offensive line. But the Redskins just traded a ton of picks for the right to draft Robert Griffin III. Would they really give up another for a player like Hunter?

Several contenders, namely Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, could use another lineman, but neither really has much cap flexibility. Even if they did, there are better options out there than Hunter.

If the Jets really wanted him gone, they should have cut him before guaranteeing his salary. The fact of the matter is that Hunter is one of the league's worst right tackles, so expecting a team to not only take on his salary, but to give up a draft pick to do it is just unrealistic.

I can only see one team even considering it: the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams have a need on the offensive line, and by trading back to No. 6, they've pushed themselves out of Matt Kalil territory. They have some cap flexibility, certainly enough to take on a fairly small contract like Hunter's. 

Most importantly, though, Brian Schottenheimer is the team's offensive coordinator. He has a familiarity with Hunter that may push the Rams to take a shot at him. If the Jets are lucky, Schottenheimer will take the problem off of their hands.

In the end, don't expect someone to trade for Hunter. He's a below-average player making a decent salary, and he's just not desirable for other teams. 

Let's just hope GM Mike Tannenbaum has a trick up his sleeve.