Free Agency begins March 15 at 4:00 PM ET
Position needs for the New York Jets: QB, ORT, S, WR, internal OL
The Jets have $5,079,393 in effective cap space, but that number could rise to $93,838,550 if the Jets use the maximum restructuring allowed under the cap. Carl Lawson is capped at $15.7 million if he returns in 2023, but the Jets would only incur a $333,333 dead cap penalty if they walk away from him. Corey Davis is another potential piece that could easily be moved around to free up space.
Adrian Amos, Packers
Safety is a sneaky need for the Jets defense which finished fourth in scoring defense in 2022 (18.6 points/game).
Amos turns 30 in April. Amos is not a traditional ballhawk: he has 10 career interceptions. Amos is a great tackler on safety and sound. He had seven tackles for loss in his career and a lost tackle rate of just 3.8% last season in 2022, according to Pro Football Reference.
Amos would be an upgrade from Lamarcus Joyner, whose lack of scale has shown up at times in the red zone and isolated coverage this season. Joyner is 32 years old and has a 110.6 passer rating in coverage despite his three interceptions.
Juan Thornhill, Capi
The Jets defense could continue to move up with updates to the safety position.
Juan Thornhill of Kansas City is a freak jock. Thornhill has had three interceptions in 2022, although he has allowed passer ratings over 100 each of the past three seasons.
Thornhill has experience playing both down and deep safety and has played cornerbacks since his college days. If New York appreciates Thornhill’s athleticism and versatility, this could be a nice addition.
Mike McGlinchey, 49ers