Free Agency Reset: Outstanding needs after the first phase

Edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney's decision to join the Panthers rather than the Jets seems like a natural end point to the first act of free agency. The Jets currently have no reported visits with major targets and there aren't many reports floating about potential targets among the top remaining free agents.

As we enter the next phase of free agency, consolidation becomes the name of the game. You might score a deal with someone who has been seeking a bigger contract but will now settle for your lower price-point, but for the most part you are probably looking at low-level deals to add depth.

Let's go position-by-position and assess if the Jets are still in the market:


Despite having added Tyrod Taylor to back up the returning Aaron Rodgers, indications from this week's owner meetings are that the Jets intend to bring in another veteran to be the number three. A reunion with Trevor Siemian could be on the cards, perhaps. There's also the matter of Zach Wilson and whether he will be traded or released.

Running Backs

The Jets don't have much depth behind Breece Hall, although Izzy Abanikanda looks set to have an increased role. The Jets are sure to bring in at least one veteran but it perhaps won't be a big name.

Wide Receivers

Despite adding Mike Williams, the Jets still might not be happy with their receiver group and could still add a veteran on a low-level deal to compete for a roster spot.

Tight Ends

The Jets released CJ Uzomah but Jeremy Ruckert looks ready to step up into the number two role behind Tyler Conklin. The Jets currently have Kenny Yeboah and Zack Kuntz to compete for the third tight end role but could add someone. This might be via the draft rather than in free agency though.

Offensive Line

The Jets have restocked the starting line-up but will want plenty of depth given the durability issues of a couple of their starters. Wes Schweitzer, Max Mitchell and Carter Warren are viable backups but the Jets may also look to bring back Connor McGovern and add a veteran tackle to the mix before the draft.

Defensive Line

The attempt to sign Clowney signified that the Jets feel like they need to add a veteran rather than just giving all Bryce Huff's reps to Will McDonald. They may have balked at a two-year deal though. When the Jets missed out on wide receiver targets two years ago, they addressed it in the draft instead. However, when they missed on veteran defensive tackles, they signed two lesser players instead, so could adopt either approach on the edge. The interior rotation has been filled though.


Nothing has been done here, and although the Jets don't much established depth behind Quincy Williams and CJ Mosley, they may be confident enough in the likes of Jamien Sherwood, Chazz Surratt and Zaire Barnes that this won't be a priority until after the draft.

Defensive Backs

Signing Isaiah Oliver brings much-needed depth, experience and versatility to the group but indications are they might still be looking to add at least one more player to compete for a starting safety role. Tony Adams and Chuck Clark are currently listed as starters but Clark is coming off a serious injury. And they had a three-man rotation last year with Ashtyn Davis, who remains unsigned. Perhaps the Jets have big plans for Jarrick Bernard-Converse to step up.

Special Teams

The Jets addressed their kicker and punter positions by re-signing Greg Zuerlein and Thomas Morstead, and seem content with their return game. With captain Justin Hardee as-yet-unsigned the team might need someone to step up and lead this unit. This may not be a priority yet, but will need to be addressed at some point. Davis and/or Sam Eguavoen returning would boost this unit.