3 free agents the NY Jets can target after the 2022 NFL Draft

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3. The NY Jets could target linebacker Anthony Barr

Currently, the Jets have just six active linebackers on the roster and decided not to use a draft pick on one.

That being said, the Jets' scheme under head coach Robert Saleh calls for athletic linebackers who excel in coverage, and a secondary that excels in the ability to offer strong run support, all factors that the former Minnesota Vikings linebacker can offer. 

The former Vikings standout linebacker recorded 38 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries last season.

Barr, who only played in 11 games last season, has struggled with continuing to stay healthy due to lingering knee injuries. These knee injuries have led to his inability to find a fit in free agency so far.

The Jets are a team that almost acquired Barr in the spring of 2019. At the last minute, Barr changed his mind and returned to Minnesota on a three-year contract with less money than what the Jets offered.

It looks as though now, however, with a new linebacker corps in Minnesota, the writing is on the wall for a potential career resurgence in the revamped Jets defense.

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A contract for three years and $24 million offers stability for the Jets' defense while also not risking too much of a cap hit if Barr's knee injuries persist.