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49ers trade for Jets edge rusher Jordan Willis

The Niners sent their sixth-round pick in 2022 to the Jets for New York’s seventh-round pick in 2021

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Kyle’s update, 1:53 p.m.: It was a late-round swap of picks:

Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the San Francisco 49ers are trading for Jordan Willis of the New York Jets. There’s no word on what the trade’s compensation is just yet, but it’s more than likely some sort of swap of late-round picks. Willis was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s appeared in two games this season for the Jets and didn’t notch a QB hit or sack on 26 pass rushes. During his career, Willis has four sacks, and six QB hits on 570 pass rushes. He played well in a limited role in his rookie season but hasn’t been the same since.

Willis battled an ankle injury earlier this season. He also missed the majority of training camp due to a knee injury. Injuries themselves have decimated San Francisco, so they traded for a player who could help off the edge. Willis has primarily lined up on the right side of the defense’s formation for the Jets this season when he’s been on the field.

This is the final year of his contract, where Willis makes $865k. I liked Willis a lot coming out of Kansas State, as he was an athlete and you always bet on those types. He never amounted to anything, though. Let’s hope Kris Kocurek and the coaching staff can get Willis to play to his potential: