AP source: Jets trade OLB Willis to 49ers for draft pick

October 21, 2020 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal say the New York Jets have traded outside linebacker Jordan Willis to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Jets are also sending a 2021 seventh-round draft pick to the 49ers for a sixth-round selection in 2022, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn’t announced the trade.

NFL Network first announced the deal Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Willis hadn’t played in any of the Jets’ last three games, and participated in only two this season with no tackles. He was claimed by New York off waivers in September 2019 from Cincinnati. Willis had seven tackles and a sack in nine games last season with the Jets.


Willis was a third-round draft pick of Cincinnati out of Kansas State in 2017. He had 45 total tackles and two sacks in his two seasons with the Bengals.

The trade of Willis is the latest player move made by the winless Jets, who are accumulating draft picks and are likely to remain active before the NFL’s trade deadline in two weeks.

New York released running back Le’Veon Bell last week and traded nose tackle Steve McLendon and a 2023 seventh-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2022 sixth-rounder Sunday night.


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