NY Jets: Will the team re-sign or decline Brent Qvale?
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets have plenty of notable internal free agents to worry about this offseason, but one player who shouldn’t make for a difficult decision is Brent Qvale.
The NY Jets have big plans for the offensive line this offseason and those plans will likely consist of purging their current depth chart. One player who could find himself as a casualty of this is veteran Brent Qvale.
Qvale is actually quite the success story having first entered the league as an undrafted free agent back in 2014. After suffering a concussion in training camp, the Nebraska product was cut and later signed to the practice squad where he would spend all of his rookie season.
But after proving his versatility as both a guard and a tackle, Qvale was able to make the 53-man roster and played in all 16 games in 2015. Over the next three years, Qvale would play in 44 games making 13 starts before re-signing with the Jets last March.
Unfortunately, the 2019 season wasn’t as kind to the durable veteran.
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Qvale played in just three games after spending nearly all of the season on the injured reserve before being activated on December 12th.
Now a free agent once again, the Jets will have to decide whether they want to bring him back for another year or not.
Should the Jets re-sign him?
Brent Qvale has never been a starting-caliber offensive lineman. But there is something to be said about spending six years as a backup with one organization. It speaks to his durability and versatility that the team saw him as a reliable backup for so long.
In fact, only three current Jets players have been with the team longer than he has — Bilal Powell, Brian Winters, and Rontez Miles. That’s a pretty remarkable feat in its own right
That said, there’s little reason to re-sign him for next season.
The Jets will be better served getting younger and more reliable at the position as despite Qvale’s experience as a starter, it hasn’t always been “good” experience. He’s a bottom-of-the-roster player who might crack a roster as a No. 7 or 8 offensive lineman.
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But with the Jets looking to revamp the position in the offseason, there’s no reason for Qvale to be back in 2020.
Will the Jets re-sign him?
The answer here is pretty much the same.
Qvale has served his role as a valuable special-teamer/backup offensive linemen and his versatility at guard and tackle is nothing to scoff at. But he’s not quality depth at this point and he’ll be 29-years-old in a week.
The Jets will turn to free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft to replace many of their starters and expect them to do more of the same for their backups. Perhaps players like Alex Lewis, Jonotthan Harrison, or even Tom Compton could be retained as reliable depth.
But Qvale isn’t someone the Jets are going to look to bring back. His only selling point is his experience with the organization, but that likely isn’t going to get him very far.
Expect Qvale to be playing for a new team in 2020.
Odds of re-signing: 5%