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Jets planning to release WR Denzel Mims if no trade materializes

Denzel Mims' tenure in New York is coming to an unceremonious end.

The Jets are planning to release the wide receiver if the team cannot find a trade partner first, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported on Wednesday, per a source.

Brian Costello of the New York Post first reported the news.

Garafolo added that teams have been in touch with the Jets about Mims, so a trade instead of a release is indeed a possibility.

The Jets didn't release Mims on Wednesday despite informing him of their plans, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. Mims' status on the Jets heading into Thursday leaves the door open for a potential deal if one materializes.

Mims, a second-round pick in 2020, struggled to find his footing with the Jets due to a combination of nagging injuries and a competitive WR room. Appearing in 30 games over the past three seasons, Mims produced 42 receptions for 676 yards and zero touchdowns.

Around this time last year Mims requested a trade from the Jets, with his agent stating the team wasn't giving his client a legitimate opportunity to establish himself in the offense. The request came months after the Jets selected first-round WR Garrett Wilson, who ended up becoming the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2022.

Mims shined in the preseason finale of last season immediately following his trade request but failed to make a big impact when the games counted. He had 11 receptions for 186 yards in 2022.

A change of scenery is now in order for the 25-year-old Mims, who will look to rejuvenate his career with a restart.

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