3 ways the NY Jets can still address the center position

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We're nearly two weeks into free agency, and the NY Jets still have not addressed one of their biggest needs in the middle of their offensive line. With all the talk around Aaron Rodgers, the Jets still do not know who will be snapping the ball to him every play.

Here are three potential directions the Jets can take to fill this need.

1. The NY Jets can sign Ben Jones

Despite being 33 years old, Ben Jones still has a lot left in the tank after being released by the Tennessee Titans earlier this month.

The 2022 Pro Bowler has been the definition of reliable throughout his 11-year career. He's only missed time in one season (aside from one missed game in 2019), missing five games due to a concussion in 2022.

In the 12 games he played, Jones only allowed one sack and committed five penalties. Jones also has ties to new Jets offensive live coach Keith Carter, who was his coach for the past five seasons in Tennessee.

With the way the center market has been shaping up this offseason, he should be a relatively cheap veteran addition that the Jets could make.

2. The NY Jets can re-sign Connor McGovern

While it is more of an unexciting option, the Jets can still bring back Connor McGovern, who has still not been signed by any team in free agency. McGovern has had his ups and downs with the team, but he had one of his better seasons this past year, allowing five sacks and being penalized four times.

McGovern is far from the ideal option for the Jets, but he was serviceable last season, and they can bring him back for cheap if needed.

3. The NY Jets can draft a center

With no known connections between the Jets and any available free-agent centers, the draft seems to be the most likely option. There are a couple of interesting prospects the Jets may have their eyes on, with Minnesota's John Michael Schmitz headlining the list.

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The Jets have already hosted a private workout for him and have an official top-30 visit scheduled. After the recent Elijah Moore trade, the Jets now have more draft assets that they may plan to use on a center.