3 million-dollar decisions NY Jets have to make with their offensive line

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The NY Jets also have a decision to make at right tackle

Last, an important decision looms at right tackle. With edge rushers getting more and more athletic and defenses getting more diverse with how they scheme up pressure, it’s putting even higher importance on having two solid tackles.

The Jets, with Becton already under contract for at least two more years, would be wise to approach this decision as one of the team’s more important ones.

They certainly have a potential option already on the roster in George Fant. Fant, who has played mostly left tackle this year with Becton out, has been a bright spot this season. He’s played better at left tackle than he has in the past at right tackle, which adds another layer to this discussion.

Would the team consider moving Becton to right tackle and keeping Fant at left? My guess is no considering Fant only has one year on his deal anyway, whereas the team believes Becton is their stalwart left tackle of the future and likely doesn’t want to force him to switch positions.

If the team decided to cut Fant, it would save them $9.1 million for 2022. There’s such a shortage of quality offensive lineman in the NFL that cutting a player coming off a productive season seems unwise, but the team may decide it’s the best course of action all things considered.

Morgan Moses, whom the team signed during training camp, has stepped in at right tackle. Like Duvernay-Tardif, he is a free agent in March, and will likely want to see what offers he can get, considering that’s why he reportedly signed only a one-year deal with Jets in August.

The team can and likely will consider re-signing him to another one-year depending on the cost.

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Entering his third year with the team, Douglas is about to embark on a crucial offseason, with quality draft capital and cap space to try and infiltrate this roster with talented players, and surround their young QB with the right players to get the most out of him.

His decisions regarding the offensive line will tell us a lot about his commitment to make that happen.