9 realistic free agents NY Jets could sign in 2024

Some realistic free agent options for the Jets

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6. The NY Jets could sign OT Jermaine Eluemunor

Jermaine Eluemunor has quietly become a rock-solid starting tackle for the Las Vegas Raiders over the last two seasons. The former Baltimore Ravens fifth-round pick was primarily a backup for the first five seasons of his NFL career before getting an opportunity to start with the Raiders.

In two seasons in Las Vegas, Eluemunor has posted PFF grades of 75.3 and 68.5, splitting time between left tackle, right tackle, and right guard. Right tackle, however, has become his primary position.

Eluemunor turned 29 years old in December and, despite his above-average player over the last two seasons, likely won't receive a hefty contract in free agency. He should still be one of the better options on the open market.

The Jets don't need to pay top dollar for an injury-riddled former All-Pro like Tyron Smith or even David Bakhtiari. Eluemunor provides stability, versatility, and reliability — three things the Jets' offensive line desperately needs.

5. The NY Jets could sign DT Javon Kinlaw

Defensive tackle is one of the more underrated needs for the Jets this offseason, with both Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas set to hit free agency. Even if one or both are brought back, the Jets might still be in the defensive tackle market.

That's why it wouldn't be surprising to see Robert Saleh reunite with a former top draft pick in Javon Kinlaw. The 14th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Kinlaw was brought in to replace DeForest Buckner, although he never quite reached those lofty expectations.

Part of that was a result of injuries, as Kinlaw appeared in just 10 games between 2021 and 2022. The 26-year-old is coming off his most productive and effective NFL season, however, as he appeared in all 17 games and posted a career-high 3.5 sacks.

Saleh was a huge advocate of Kinlaw during his time in San Francisco. Perhaps Kinlaw can follow in the footsteps of Thomas as another former top 49ers draft pick who revitalized his career with Saleh and the Jets.