The New York Jets have struggled to the tune of five straight losing seasons. However, New York has found a head coach with potential in Robert Saleh as well as the man they believe to be their quarterback of the future in Zach Wilson. Plus, the Jets are armed with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft, as well as plenty of cap space to utilize in free agency. While things might not be looking so hot for the Jets right now, they can improve their standing in the NFL rather quickly with a strong offseason. That said, here are three moves the Jets must make in the 2022 NFL offseason.
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3 Moves The Jets Must Make In 2022 NFL Offseason
3. Draft an offensive lineman
Whether top offensive line prospect Evan Neal falls to the Jets at the fourth pick, or they end up taking fellow top prospect Ikem Ekwonu, the Jets need to prioritize the offensive line in the draft. Mekhi Becton seems to be a solid piece for the future, but the Jets could potentially lose right tackle Morgan Moses to free agency. Getting Neal or Ekwonu would help soften that blow and give New York two bookends at either tackle spot to help protect Wilson.
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2. Sign Chandler Jones
The Jets defense played hard for Saleh but lacked a pass rush, as they picked up the seventh-fewest sacks as a team. New York has to change that. Saleh needs some better difference-makers on that side of the ball, particularly in terms of edge rushers. The Jets should make a splash on the defensive side of the ball and sign free agent edge rusher Chandler Jones. Jones, 31, is a four-time Pro Bowler who has picked up double-digit sacks in six of the last seven seasons. He is one of the more disruptive edge rushers in the game, one who could help make an immediate impact on New York's defense.
1. Sign Chris Godwin
The Jets wide receiver corps has underachieved in recent years. Part of the reason for that is a lack of a legitimate, true, number-one wideout. That's exactly what Chris Godwin is. Now, Godwin's situation is a bit more complicated given that he tore his ACL this past season. There will be questions as to if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star can return to form following the injury. That could play right into the Jets' hands in free agency, as it could make the 25-year-old receiver, who had the second 1,000-yard season of his career, more affordable. Also working in their favor is the fact that the Buccaneers were reluctant to pay Godwin a long-term deal last offseason and that was when he was healthy. There's very little chance that Tampa Bay would be interested in doing so with the star wideout coming off of a season-ending injury. Godwin would give the Jets an elite-level pass catcher that they've sorely missed in past years. He could become the safety blanket for Wilson, who needs a talented receiver to help him take his game to the next level.