NY Jets reportedly eyeing Stefen Wisniewski in free agency

NY Jets, Stefen Wisniewski (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Stefen Wisniewski (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets are reportedly eyeing veteran offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski in free agency if the Kansas City Chiefs don’t re-sign him.

The NY Jets are expected to explore the free-agent market this offseason when it comes to the offensive line position. One unheralded player who could reportedly be a target of the Jets is veteran Stefen Wisniewski.

Some of the more notable names on the market are expected to be Brandon Scherff, Joe Thuney, Jack Conklin, and Graham Glasgow. But Wisniewski could prove to be a cheaper, valuable asset as well.

And if recent reports are to be believed, the Jets seem to have shown interest in acquiring the nine-year veteran.

FanSided’s Matt Verderame reported on Wednesday that the Kansas City Chiefs are interested in re-signing Wisniewski this offseason. However, if he were to hit the open market, Verderame said that the Jets would be a “potential suitor.”

This makes sense as the Jets showed interest in Wisniewski last offseason and he previously played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016 to 2018 while Joe Douglas worked with the organization.

There is a sense of familiarity between the two and a reunion is certainly possible.

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Wisniewski was signed by the Chiefs in October of last year after going unsigned throughout the offseason. He would play in 11 games for the team starting the final two weeks of the regular season after an injury to Andrew Wylie.

In fact, Wisniewski would remain a starter throughout the postseason starting each game at left guard helping the Chiefs reach Super Bowl glory. While he didn’t start a full season, he earned a very respectable 68.2 Pro Football Focus grade for his efforts.

The Jets are in desperate need of offensive line help and they’re expected to be very active in free agency. That said, Wisniewski likely isn’t most people’s ideal target.

The former second-round pick will be 31-years-old in March and has started only nine games over the past two seasons. In fact, he hasn’t been a full-time starter since the 2015 season when he was still with the then Oakland Raiders.

If the Jets were to bring Wisniewski in, the hope would be that he could serve as an excellent veteran depth piece on what could be a young offensive line. Perhaps he could compete for a starting job in the preseason — but he certainly shouldn’t be handed one.

Wisniewski isn’t the answer, but he could be a valuable addition nonetheless.

Signing Wisniewski would give the team one of the more experienced and talented backup interior offensive linemen in the NFL. As long as the Jets don’t rely on him as a starter, there’s nothing wrong with signing Wisniewski.

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Much of the attention will be on more high-profile players in free agency, but Stefen Wisniewski is one name to keep an eye on.