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Jets trading Mims to Lions

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The New York Jets traded wide receiver Denzel Mims to the Detroit Lions, the Jets announced Thursday.

The Lions will acquire Mims and a 2025 seventh-round pick in exchange for a conditional 2025 sixth-round selection.

New York informed the 25-year-old pass-catcher that he'd be waived if the team failed to find a trade partner, a source told ESPN's Rich Cimini. The Jets previously discussed a potential Mims trade with the Dallas Cowboys, reports Josina Anderson of CBS Sports.

Mims hasn't lived up to expectations since being drafted in the second round in 2020. The Baylor product, who has yet to score an NFL touchdown, caught only 11 passes for 186 yards in 2022. He's amassed 676 yards on 42 career receptions with N.Y. after posting a pair of 1,000-yard campaigns in college with the Bears.

Mims will join a Detroit wide receiver depth chart headlined by Amon-Ra St. Brown, who led the team with 106 receptions, 1,161 yards, and six touchdown catches in 2022. Bolstering the WR room was one of the Lions' needs this year. Running back D'Andre Swift, who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, ranked second for Detroit with 48 catches across 14 games last season.

Detroit - which drafted tight end Sam LaPorta in the second round this year - also rosters receivers Jameson Williams, Josh Reynolds, Kalif Raymond, and Marvin Jones Jr., who joined the club on a one-year contract in free agency. Williams will serve a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's gambling policy to begin the 2023 season.

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