New York Jets acting GM Adam Gase trades linebacker Darron Lee to Chiefs

Lee was New York's first-round pick in 2016.

Mike Gillislee, Darron Lee
Patriots running back Mike Gillislee fumbles the ball as Jets linebacker Darron Lee tackles him in 2017. –AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

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NEW YORK (AP) — Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say the New York Jets have agreed to trade linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round draft pick.

The deal Wednesday night is pending a physical, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the move.

It also comes on the same day the team fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and installed coach Adam Gase as the acting GM while the Jets begin a search for a replacement.

Lee was New York’s first-round pick in 2016, but was mostly disappointing in his three seasons with the Jets. He was suspended by the NFL for the final four games of last season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Lee’s spot on the Jets’ roster was uncertain after New York signed C.J. Mosley to anchor the inside linebacker position with Avery Williamson. Lee had been the subject of trade rumors all offseason.