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Jets Case Situation, Half III: Edge Rusher; Strain Makes Diamonds – (NY Jets Weblog & Discussion board)

We’re again to cowl the defensive facet of the ball in one other offseason simulation! This time the main focus is on go rushers. The New York Jets haven’t had a constant go rusher since John Abraham, who was drafted within the first spherical of the 2000 NFL Draft. I used to be 5 years previous. Since then, New York has tried their fingers with edge gamers like Vernon Gholston, Quinton Coples and Calvin Tempo, and none of them got here to fruition. With the intention to fulfill the wants of latest head coach Robert Saleh’s protection, the crew have to be aggressive in attacking the go rush place, each in free company and the draft.

Final yr in San Francisco, Saleh had a solid of sturdy defensive linemen, and that was the recipe to their success in 2019, which resulted in a Tremendous Bowl loss. Headlined by Nick Bosa, Dee Ford and Arik Armstead, this unit was the cog that allowed the remainder of the protection to carry out effectively. If the Jets can handle to duplicate a line of defense that mirrors the talents of that in San Fran, New York will look a lot totally different, for the higher, in 2021. Let’s take a deeper dive into the place group, and utilizing Spotrac’s “Handle Roster” function, predict a couple of strikes we might see unfold as free company kicks off on March fifteenth.

First, let’s look to see which contracts are expiring heading into the 2021 season:

  • Jordan Jenkins
  • Tarrell Basham

I consider there’s potential for Basham to return on a brief time period deal, maybe one other 1 yr contract, in a “show it” state of affairs. He performed in all 16 video games for the Jets in 2020, however his projected match right into a 4-3 protection could not mesh effectively with Saleh’s philosophy.

Subsequent, clearing up further cap house to maximise the potential haul of free brokers:

  • Jamison Crowder (Save: $10.5M)
  • Alex Lewis (Save: $5.2M)
  • Greg Van Roten (Save: $3.4M)

These three cuts will lead to a financial savings of roughly $19.1M, bringing their complete cap house to $97.9M.

Now, a couple of hypothetical pairs of signings that would immediately change the panorama of the defensive entrance:

Situation A

  • Matt Judon (3 years/$51 million, $38 million gtd.)
  • Trey Hendrickson (3 years/$33.5 million, $19 million gtd.)

Matt Judon is a former fifth spherical choice of the Baltimore Ravens, and enters NFL Free Company for the primary time in his profession. Final season, he signed and performed below the franchise tag, which was valued at $16.8M. Which means that he’s prone to garner a brand new contract within the worth of $18M per season. On the floor, it seems to be like a ton of cash to use to 1 single participant, however let’s face it. The Jets might want to pay a premium to amass high stage expertise. Hiring a reliable, player-friendly head coach is solely not sufficient to change into a horny vacation spot totally free brokers, and on the finish of the day, cash talks. In 2020, Judon completed with 6 sacks and 21 quarterback hits, probably the most of all OLB free brokers. Judon is ranked seventeenth on the highest 101 Free Brokers, in keeping with Whereas not as necessary, Joe Douglas’ ties to Baltimore may very well be an element with Judon. 

Trey Hendrickson is a youthful choice, at solely 26 years previous. He has been the most efficient participant on the Saints’ line of defense, placing up higher numbers than teammates Cameron Hayward and Marcus Davenport, whereas taking part in much less reps. He leads all DE free brokers in sacks with 14, whereas including 25 quarterback hits and a pressured fumble within the 2020 season. The worth tag could find yourself skyrocketing on Hendrickson, however at a calculated market worth of $10.3M, this contract appears affordable. This may put him within the top-20 on the place by way of common wage, and he would change into a free agent once more earlier than turning 30, one thing that gamers are likely to desire.

Estimated 2021 Cap Spent: $28.1M, Cap House Remaining: ~$69.8M

Situation B

  • Haason Reddick (4 years/$48 million, $35 million gtd.)
  • Carl Lawson (3 years/$29 million, $18 million gtd.)

Haason Reddick is my most well-liked veteran choice on the edge rusher place. He’s solely 27 years previous, and has been in 16 video games all 4 years of his profession, so has confirmed sturdiness. His stats merely soar off the web page, with 13 sacks, 18 QB hits and 5 pressured fumbles in 2020. With the Cardinals not too long ago signing J.J. Watt to a 2-year $31 million deal, Reddick stands out as the odd man out with Chandler Jones trying to begin reverse Watt. A participant with very good manufacturing, on a comparatively cheap deal ($12M per yr), hitting the open market? The Jets have to pounce on the chance.

Coupling Carl Lawson with a participant like Reddick would drastically change the narrative in regards to the Jets. With two veteran go rushers added into the fold, you now have a dynamic entrance 4 with younger stars Quinnen Williams and Johnathan Franklin-Myers on the inside. Carl Lawson is 26 years previous, and whereas having an up and down profession in Cincinnati with the Bengals, he completed 2020 with the needle pointing up. With an irregular 32 quarterback hits, by far probably the most of all defensive finish free brokers, in addition to 6 sacks, Lawson ought to completely be on New York’s radar.

Estimated 2021 Cap House Spent: $21M, Cap House Remaining: ~76.9M

Draft Prospects Across the Bend

The New York Jets presently maintain 3 picks inside the highest 35 on this upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, #2 general, #23 from Seattle, and #34. This edge rusher class is full of high quality gamers, together with loads of depth choices that may be of worth. For a little bit of context, NFL Community’s draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah presently has seven ranked inside his top-50. It’s attainable the Jets might look to safe the place early on draft weekend, with names like Texas’ Joseph Ossai, Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari and Oklahoma’s Ronnie Perkins. All three of those prospects show explosiveness and might convert their pace to energy effectively. If Joe Douglas decides to attend till day 2 or 3 to search out his man, prospects like Patrick Jones II of Pittsburgh and Miami’s Quincy Roche may very well be a match. Jones had a productive yr reverse Rashad Weaver, and Roche was thrown into the combo that features Jaelan Phillips and 2020 choose out Gregory Rousseau, and confirmed he can compete on the subsequent stage.

It will take many swings of the bat for the New York Jets to unravel their go rush issues of the final decade and a half, however they’re needed swings. If the Jets had been in a position to purchase 3 new faces on the place, I might think about {that a} win in what is anticipated to be a chaotic free company course of.