Should John Idzik and the New York Jets pick up the trade phones?

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The Jets are reeling on offense. Completely devoid of playmakers, the team only has four healthy receivers: Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, and Michael Campbell. That, simply, is unacceptable. Good news Jets fans! This is one of the best years to need a wide receiver as the NFL Trade Deadline approaches.

Cross-city rival Hakeem Nicks and hometown hero Kenny Britt are being looked at by teams as trade targets. General manager John Idzik should capitalize on one of these options.

First, Hakeem Nicks, the Giants’ top outside receiver is supposedly on the trade block, even if he has no comment about the situation. But why is Nicks on the trade block in the first place? First, he likes to practice his free speech in interviews, constantly making controversial, selfish remarks. In addition, his long list of injuries continues to prevent him from taking the next step into the upper echelon.

Nicks doesn’t bring much speed to the table, even though it is a focal need for the Jets. But what he lacks in speed, he makes up for in strength and resiliency. A big target who is able to outmuscle nearly any cornerback, Nicks should have no trouble becoming a favorite of Geno’s. For just one of their two third round picks, the Jets could secure one of the game’s most physical wide receivers.

Now, onto Kenny Britt. Easily one of the most complete wide receivers in terms of raw skills, Britt has never translated his physical prowess onto the football field in a full season. Sure, he had two seasons when he was on pace for the coveted 1000 receiving yard level, but, in reality, has yet to break 800 yards in a season.

What does he offer? A big, strong receiver who has an affinity for highlights and can pry the ball away from the best of cornerbacks. Teams are currently laughing at the price of a third round pick, but maybe the Jets could trade theirs and in return get Britt and a fifth or sixth round pick.

Either way, both of these receivers are better than whomever the Jets want to draft in round three. Even better, neither player is 26 years old yet, meaning that the Jets could comfortably sign either one to a five- or six-year deal if he performs well this year. The bad news is that both players’ contracts expire in March 2014. Of course, the Jets could trade for one of them and if the two sides can’t agree on a contract, Idzik could franchise tag him. Having a new star wide receiver on a multiyear deal would do wonders for Geno Smith’s progression, something that the Jets tried but could never accomplish with Mark Sanchez and his receivers.

Hopefully, Idzik will, if he hasn’t already, inquire about these wide receivers. At this point, Geno could use a new number one target as he waits for Santonio Holmes to return.