Jets should sign Zach Orr for an even brighter future
By Carson Hathaway
The New York Jets would be wise to sign linebacker Zach Orr this offseason since he could be another defensive cornerstone for years to come.
After a breakout season, linebacker Zach Orr in January announced he would be retiring due to a horrific neck injury that ended his great 2016-2017 campaign. However, news recently came out that Orr will be coming out of retirement, thus making him a free agent. Should the New York Jets go after him? They have interest and have even reached out to him for a visit over this weekend.
Orr was just a two-star recruit in high school as he played college football at North Texas for four years. No one thought he was an NFL caliber defender. The Baltimore Ravens signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Two years later? Named to the NFL 2nd team all pro as he proved everyone wrong. Only seven players had more tackles than Orr did this past season. He was a big reason why the Ravens had one of the best defenses in the league this past year.
It seemed like Orr and C.J. Mosley were going to be an excellent linebacker duo for a very long time, but that all changed when Orr announced his retirement. If he were to sign with the Jets, could he and Darron Lee be the dominant linebacker duo that everyone thought Orr and Mosley would be? Linebacker happens to be a position of need for the Jets, especially after the departure of David Harris, giving the Jets more reason to go after Orr.
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If the Jets did sign Orr, they could have a linebacking core for years to come featuring him, Lee and Lorenzo Mauldin. Orr is coming off a fantastic season.
Lee was a first-round pick a year ago who has tons of potential, and Mauldin has shown some nice flashes in his first two seasons as a Jet.
Lee is only 22, Mauldin is 24 and Orr is 25, that looks very promising giving how young those three guys are and how much better the three of them can get.