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Making the case for Tavon Austin on the Jets via free agency

By Luis Tirado Jr.
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Tavon Austin #11 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Tavon Austin #11 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are in dire need of hybrid offensive playmakers that can make some serious noise either on the ground or as receiving targets. Here’s making the case to acquire potential free agent Tavon Austin if he hits the market.

When it comes to the overall offense of the New York Jets based on last season, it was good but nothing great. Yes, even though Josh McCown had a career-year, the Jets ended the season at 5-11 and numerous times on offense, failed to keep those chains moving and score touchdowns consistently.

With free agency on the horizon, they need to add a few more offensive playmakers to make their offense more lethal. Potential free agent wide receiver Tavon Austin would make for an interesting acquisition, to say the least.

Things haven’t worked out between Austin and his current team, the Los Angeles Rams. They gave him a monster contract extension back in 2016 to the tune of $42 million over four years. Since then, he hasn’t lived up to his potential at all.

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In 2016 and 2017 after he got his big extension, Austin totaled just 556 receiving yards, 71 receptions, and three touchdowns. As a rushing option, Austin totaled 429 yards, 87 rushes, and two touchdowns. Austin has been a let down as the Rams can cut him this offseason as they have an opt-out clause in his contract to move on from his underperforming ways.

While many are willing to write off his NFL career, a change of scenery might do the trick for Austin who in the right situation, could bounce back and contribute in many ways. The Jets could use someone of his experience and ability to be a dual-threat by giving him an opportunity on a “prove it” kind of deal.

Maybe a one or two-year deal for Austin and playing on a brand new team/city might rejuvenate him to perform above expectations this time around. Especially since the Jets can more than likely acquire him on a low risk-high reward kind of inexpensive contract. Considering he also has experience as a kickoff and punt returner could bode well for his chances to land on a team like the Jets that could use his ability to be a plug-and-play kind of player.

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