FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets jumped into the trading-deadline frenzy, acquiring cornerback Rashard Robinson from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.
The 49ers received a 2018 fifth-round draft pick for Robinson, who was demoted after starting the first seven games.
The Jets’ starting cornerbacks are battling injuries, so there’s a good chance Robinson will play Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills.
Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley will receive a suspension for an undisclosed violation, ESPN has confirmed.
Morris Claiborne hasn’t practiced since injuring his left foot on Sunday and Buster Skrine, who sat out last week with a concussion, remains in the league protocol. The Jets haven’t ruled out either player for Thursday night.
The Jets also see Robinson as a player who could help them in the future. Only 22, he started 13 games over two seasons for the 49ers.
Also, the 49ers released quarterback Brian Hoyer, and cornerback Will Redmond was released from the injured reserve list.
Hoyer, who started his career with the New England, is expected to sign with the Patriots barring an unexpected turn, a source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Robinson was a fourth-round pick in 2016 by the Chip Kelly regime and he fell out of favor with the new administration. He recorded one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season in San Francisco.
The trade caught Jets coach Todd Bowles by surprise. Speaking to reporters at 3:50 ET, he said he didn’t anticipate any trades before the 4 p.m. deadline. A few minutes later, word of the Robinson trade leaked on Twitter. Bowles, still at the podium, said it was news to him.
“I think he fits any defense,” said wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who played for the 49ers last season. “He’s a ballplayer, so he can adjust, he can adapt. We’ll definitely get somebody in the locker room who is a wildfire. When I say wildfire, he brings a lot of energy.”