3 moves still left for NY Jets to make after the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
2. The NY Jets should re-sign Kwon Alexander
The Jets did address the linebacker position in this year's draft with the addition of Western Michigan's Zaire Barnes in the sixth round. Barnes could come in and compete for the starting SAM linebacker spot in the base defense.
That said, it wouldn't be wise for the Jets to rely on any of Barnes, Jamien Sherwood, or Hamsah Nasirildeen as one of the team's three starting linebackers — especially when Kwon Alexander remains unsigned.
The Jets signed Alexander to what was essentially a veteran minimum contract last summer, and the former Pro Bowler went on to appear in all 17 games for the first time in his career.
Alexander played 49 percent of the Jets' defensive snaps as a starting linebacker in the base defense. Most importantly, this marked just the second season in Alexander's eight years in the NFL that he played more than 12 games.
The 28-year-old stayed healthy, played an important role in the Jets' defense, and more than held his own as an early-down starter. That's someone you should want to bring back.
It's unlikely that Alexander would cost much at this stage of free agency, especially given how limited his market was last year. The Jets should be able to sign Alexander to a slightly more expensive deal than the one he signed last summer.
The Jets could roll with the young linebackers on their roster, but the safer bet is to sign a veteran like Alexander. The team reportedly has interest in making it happen, so don't be surprised if this one gets done sooner rather than later.