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I'd've kept Lee, but if you wanted him gone and your belief was the best you could hope for in the future would be a 5th round comp pick in 2021 (which is reasonable), then a late sixth rounder in 2020 is equal value and just fine. 

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3 minutes ago, 82nd Airborne said:

The Jets’ other option was retaining Lee as a backup/coverage linebacker in 2019, while hoping to get a compensatory pick for him next offseason, when he signed elsewhere. But that compensatory pick was never going to be a lock, so Gase opted to get what he could now.-NJO

Said this earlier. If the best they could hope for is a 5th round comp pick in 2021, a late 6th round pick in 2020 is fine. 

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14 minutes ago, choon328 said:

The Jets will be active in FA again next year, especially with a new GM, so they won't receive any comp picks again in 2021 for Lee or anybody. If a player is on the last year of his deal and you have no plans to keep him then it makes more sense to move him now for an asset then lose him for nothing in FA. It's a pretty simple concept that pretty much every successful team utilizes. 

The Jets have something like 20 players on one-year or the last year of their deals on the roster. Even if they're active in free agency, they could still wind up losing more free agents than they sign. If they plan on letting guys like Leo and/or Robby walk, they'll need to make sure they sign fewer free agents to make sure they get those comp picks. 

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8 minutes ago, choon328 said:

The best comp pick is basically an early 4th round pick. You shouldn't be avoiding impact free agents for a 4th round pick that is virtually worthless 80% of the time. If they are going to let Robbie and Leo walk after the year they should trade them now to guarantee an actual return for them.

It's a numbers game, and the smart front offices play it well. You can still sign a couple impact free agents, you just need to work it so you lose more than you sign. You can do that by focusing on cut players who don't figure into the formula, or sitting on your hands a bit until after the date where signings don't count for comp pick purposes. 

Chris Herndon was an early fourth round pick. Those picks matter. 

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