Jets Trade WR Mecole Hardman to the Chiefs

Mecole Hardman with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2018
Mecole Hardman with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2018. Photo by Jevone Moore/CSM/Shutterstock (9304954bn)

The New York Jets are reportedly trading wideout Mecole Hardman to the Kansas City Chiefs. The move will mark Hardman’s return to the place where he spent his first four years in the NFL.

The trade will see the Jets sending Hardman and a seventh-round selection in 2025 to Kansas City while receiving a 2025 sixth-rounder in return.

The Jets signed Hardman to a one-year, $4 million contract in the offseason, hoping he can be a deep-threat weapon for their offense. However, the 25-year-old player never found his fit in New York. He only played 28 offensive snaps and recorded one reception in the first five games while being a healthy scratch in last week’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chiefs have struggled with production from their wide receivers so far in the 2023 campaign and were looking for ways to upgrade the position. Having Hardman could go a long way in addressing that. 

Hardman is familiar with the Chiefs system and had a solid production during his first stint with the franchise. In four seasons he spent in Kansas City, he had 151 catches for 2,088 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Georgia product also added 22 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns, playing a part in two Super Bowl runs.