New York Jets are moving on from quarterback Christian Hackenberg, having traded the 23-year-old to the Oakland Raiders. In return, Raiders will send a conditional seventh-round pick. This trade will mark Hackenberg’s disappointing stint with the Jets, during which he failed to make a single regular season appearance for the team in two years.
This trade comes shortly after Hackenberg criticized the Jets organization for not helping him with his throwing motion.
“There were sometimes when I threw it really good during my first two years here,” – Hackenberg told reporters on the first day of Jets’ OTA. “That was the frustrating part for me, the ups and downs and not knowing why — does that make sense? — and not really getting any information from anybody on how to fix that and how to address it.“
Still, according to coach Todd Bowles, player’s comments didn’t prompt the trade but the team’s decision to keep just three QBs.
“We had one too many (quarterbacks) to get all of them reps,” – said Bowles. “We just want to go with the three quarterbacks we have and let these guys battle it out.“
Christian Hackenberg was drafted by the New York Jets as a 51st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Despite being a high draft pick, Hackenberg played just in six preseason games during the two season with the team. Jets intended to develop Hackenberg and make him their starter at some point, but things didn’t turn out the way they wanted. The team decided to trade up in 2018 NFL draft and take USC’s QB Sam Darnold with the third overall pick, moving on from Hackenberg, who didn’t fit into their long-term plans.