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The Jets completed a trade on Wednesday night putting an end to Denzel Mims’ tenure.

One of the Jets' past top draft picks is being released as training camp is about to start. 

Denzel Mims, a fourth-year wide receiver, was set to be traded from the Jets to the Lions on Wednesday night, according to sources.

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According to NFL Network, the agreement would entail a pick exchange in 2025. Detroit will trade a seventh-round pick to the Jets in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick. 

Mims was previously warned by the Jets that if they failed to find a trade partner, they would release him. 

He was excused from joining the team in reporting for camp on Wednesday. 

The previous coaching staff selected Mims in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but he was never able to gain the confidence of head coach Robert Saleh and his staff.

He played in 30 games during his career with the Jets, recording 42 receptions for 676 yards and no touchdowns. 

After two years of planning, the Jets and Mims officially separated as players reported for training camp on Wednesday. Their first session will be on Thursday. 

Mims left Baylor as the 59th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3 receiver's blistering 4.38-second 40-yard sprint time at the scouting combine astounded the Jets and demonstrated his lightning speed. 

Early in his first season, Mims plagued with hamstring issues, but under previous head coach Adam Gase, he began to show some promise.

In nine games, he hauled in 23 passes for 357 yards. 

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when the 2020 season, Saleh and Mike LaFleur, the offensive coordinator, took over when Gase was sacked.

After contracting food illness that spring, Mims' relationship with the new coaching staff got off to a bad start. He rapidly fell down the depth chart and appeared incapable of impressing the coaches.

He didn't play in either of the first two contests, but when he did, he contributed little to the offense. 

Mims rejected playing on special teams, despite the Jets' repeated requests.

When Mims didn't play, they cited his inability to participate on special teams as the cause.

He ultimately participated in 11 games in 2021, recording just eight receptions for 133 yards. 

Last August, Mims made a trade request as a result of his mounting dissatisfaction with the group.

His request was not granted by the Jets.

Days later, against the Giants in a preseason game, Mims had his best performance as a Jet, hauling in seven passes for 102 yards and a score. 

However, the preseason victory had little significance.

For the most of the 2022 season, Mims was once more assigned to backup duties and finished with 11 receptions for 186 yards. 

Even though Nathaniel Hackett took over LaFleur's position as offensive coordinator this offseason, nothing changed.

Mims left Florham Park in the spring because he didn't like how the team used him during practice after a few scheduled team events.

As a result, the Jets and Mims' camp discussed breaking up once more, which they ultimately did on Wednesday. 

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