Jets frightened about Joe Thuney bidding conflict in NFL free company

With free company about to start, listed below are some last-minute notes and ideas on the Jets and this vital free-agency interval gleaned from conversations with sources inside and outdoors of the Jets:

1. It isn’t a secret the Jets are excessive on Patriots guard Joe Thuney. They’d have been a suitor final yr if the Patriots didn’t use the franchise tag on him. This yr, he can be one of many Jets’ high targets. Nonetheless, the Jets are frightened a few bidding conflict for Thuney. They view him as the highest guard available on the market with an enormous drop after him. They concern that can result in some staff overpaying him. The Jets don’t need to get dragged right into a bidding conflict and are adamant they may follow the worth they’ve assigned to gamers.

One other inside lineman that can generate some buzz is Packers middle Corey Linsley. The sense I get on Linsley is the Jets aren’t as excited about him as they’re in Thuney. If Linsley’s market doesn’t develop and Joe Douglas sees worth, he could pounce, however I don’t count on the Jets to be one among Linsley’s high suitors. One fascinating dynamic with Linsley is new Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. His brother Matt is the pinnacle coach of the Packers and is aware of Linsley properly. You need to marvel how a lot info Mike has gotten from Matt on Linsley.

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Patriots guard Joe Thuney can be a high goal for the Jets in NFL free company.
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The Jets don’t really feel a necessity to exchange middle Connor McGovern. They felt he performed higher later within the yr final season. In the event that they signed Linsley, they might kick McGovern out to protect, however their desire for beefing up the offensive line is including Thuney. 

2. The Jets can be huge gamers within the edge-rusher market. One fascinating identify to observe is Steelers go rusher Bud Dupree. Dupree tore his ACL in December and it will likely be fascinating to see how his free company performs out. If not for the harm, Dupree would get top-market cash. Now, groups can be extra reluctant to pay him huge bucks. Dupree and his agent could search a one-year deal in order that he can get wholesome after which hit the market once more subsequent yr. I can’t see the Jets doing that, although. You’re basically paying a participant to rehab. Who is aware of when Dupree will truly be capable to play and gamers sometimes take two years to totally come again from an ACL tear. 

3. The Jets will hit areas of want in free company however one enormous want they might not be capable to deal with is cornerback. It is a weak free-agent class on the place and Douglas could choose to signal some depth gamers reasonably than pay any of the highest gamers accessible after which draft a cornerback. The Jets additionally be ok with younger corners Bless Austin and Bryce Corridor. The brand new teaching workers believes they might grow to be good gamers. Austin and Corridor have had some good moments and a few unhealthy ones early of their careers. They most likely are higher suited to be the third and fourth corners reasonably than the primary and second at this level. However Douglas could need to roll with the younger guys and hope an elevated go rush helps the secondary.

One wild card at cornerback is Richard Sherman. It’s well-known how he feels about new Jets coach Robert Saleh. He wouldn’t make sense for the Jets if not for the Saleh connection. Sherman absolutely would reasonably be a part of a staff that has an opportunity on the Tremendous Bowl this yr. The Jets shouldn’t be signing 33-year-old cornerbacks. But it surely does make sense for Saleh to need a revered participant who is aware of his system to come back in and assist him train it and assist him within the locker room as he tries to construct his program. 

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