TOJ Roundtable: Who is One FA You’d Love to Sign This Offseason?

Your favorite TOJ writers suggest one free agency signing next offseason.

The TOJ Crew comes back around the roundtable to discuss the Jets topic of the week. This week we pick our dream free agent pick up for the 2022 offseason

Stephen Zantz, co-host of TOJ Live: Jessie Bates (S, Cincinnati Bengals): I totally understand the heat I may receive for suggesting a safety but this might be the biggest hole on the roster besides IOL. The Jets safety situation is a disaster and Marcus Maye is most likely done in Florham Park. Jessie Bates is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. He’s a major reason the Bengals have shown a ton of improvement on defense in 2021. He’s also only 26 compared to Marcus Maye who is 28. This could be a homerun signing to help improve a young secondary. My honorary mention is Davante Adams, who I do not think is ever happening but would be incredible.

James Kuntz: Michael Gallup (WR, Dallas Cowboys): Michael Gallup is one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL and a prototypical “Z” receiver. His skillset is the perfect complement to Corey Davis’s power and Elijah Moore’s finesse. If you’re trying to imagine what Gallup would look like in this offense, look no further than Brandon Aiyuk’s usage in 2020. Signing Gallup would be a clear statement by Joe Douglas that this organization is doing everything in its power to help Zach Wilson succeed.

Dan Essien: Foye Oluokun (LB, Atlanta Falcons): The linebacker group has has very little depth and talent outside C.J Mosley. Foye Oluokun would be the ideal upgrade for this group. Being a former star pupil under current defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, the Jets already know he’s a scheme fit. Oluokun is 26 years old and 3rd in the NFL in tackles. In the Jets defensive scheme, the linebackers are incredibly important. I think it would be a mistake to pass up an opportunity to sign an effective plug and play starter alongside Mosley.

Dalbin Osorio: Ryan Jensen (C, Tampa Bay Buccaneers):  If for some reason the Tampa Bay Bucs do not resign C Ryan Jensen, then he’d be the most realistic guy I’d love for the team to sign. He’ll be 31 by the time next season rolls around, has allowed one sack so far this year after allowing 4 last season, is a Super Bowl champion, and would be a massive upgrade over Connor McGovern. The Jets need high-end talent on this team, and Jensen would help solidify this OL. If you brought back Morgan Moses, then that’s 4/5ths of your OL set with exactly that before the draft is even here. He, also, has the flexibility to play guard, in case you’re in love with Hawkeyes and such.

Will Parkinson, Host of TOJ Pod: Chris Godwin (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Godwin is a top tier wideout in the NFL and would provide a ton to this Jets offense, and at just 25 years old he is entering his football prime. I thought last offseason he would’ve been a massive addition to the Jets but the Bucs ended up franchise tagging him and it is likely Godwin will be on the move this year and looking for a payday. Corey Davis is a very solid WR2 and Elijah Moore is starting to come into his own and it is still up in the air if he will become that WR1. With Jamison Crowder and potentially Keelan Cole walking after the season who account for about 12 million dollars against the cap I believe the Jets should throw the “bag” at Godwin. Best way to help your 22 year old QB would be to give him top tier playmakers and a contract in the range of 4 year 78 million dollar deal with 40 million fully guaranteed. 

Stephen Russo, Co-Host of TOJ Live:  Brandon Scherff (G, Washington Football Team):  Scherff has been on Jets fans’ wish list for multiple offseasons and has played under the franchise tag two seasons in a row.  In my opinion, Joe Douglas should recognize his mistakes of the past (doubling down on GVR and not going all in on Joe Thuney or Corey Linsley) and course correct by throwing the bag at Scherff.  Although Scherff is older (almost 30), he is a proven commodity and Washington is a noticeably better football team with him on the field.  Landing Scherff would go a long way to solidifying the offensive line, and pairing him with a rookie center like Tyler Linderbaum with Alijah Vera-Tucker on the other side would mean the Jets would be nasty up the middle.  It’s time for Joe Douglas to come through on his promise to build that wall for his young QB.