Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been traded to the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday. In the deal, the Jets will receive a conditional 2019 7th-round draft pick.
Bowles: QB Christian Hackenberg has been traded to Oakland for a 2019 conditional 7th-round pick.— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 22, 2018
With the drafting of Sam Darnold third overall last month, as well as the offseason acquisition of former Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater, it was clear that Hackenberg was not in the organization's long term plans. Despite drafting him 51st overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Hackenberg did not play a single regular season snap in either of his first two professional seasons.
The writing seemed to be on the wall as the Jets opened up OTAs this week, and Hackenberg spoke candidly to reporters about needing to find outside help to improve his throwing motion. He has changed his throwing motion this offseason and has expressed confidence that he can develop a better game with his new approach. Despite entering his third year as a pro, Hackenberg is still just 23-years-old.
Hackenberg was a three-year starter at Penn State, playing one season under Bill O'Brien and two years under James Franklin. He is now the second Penn State quarterback in recent years to head to Oakland, where Matt McGloin spent four seasons.