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4 free agents who could reunite with Robert Saleh and the NY Jets

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4. NY Jets target: Jaquiski Tartt, S

The Jets are going to need safety help this offseason. Marcus Maye is a free agent, and while the veteran safety has tanked his value, it's hard to see either side being too interested in a return.

Maye is coming off a torn Achilles, has legal trouble that will likely see him suspended in the near future, and wasn't even playing that well prior to his injury. That bridge is probably burned at this point.

That means the Jets could realistically be looking for two new starting safeties. Perhaps they turn to a familiar face in Jaquiski Tartt to help bolster their safety room.

Tartt has spent his entire seven-year career with the 49ers originally being drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He's started 64 of 80 career games battling injuries, but when on the field, he's been a capable starter.

Tartt is a physical player who has never been one to shy away from contact. He might not be able to fill the Marcus Maye role in the Jets' defense, but he can provide a solid veteran presence in the form of someone with plenty of starting experience.

His recent injury history is a bit of a concern, however. Tartt hasn't played 15 or more games since 2015 and has appeared in just 50 of a possible 81 games since the start of the 2016 season.

The Jets shouldn't rely on Tartt to be a true upgrade. They would be better off pairing him with a rookie in the draft so the two can compete for the starting job.

It's unlikely Tartt will be asking for a lot of money, and a one-year prove-it deal for a reliable third safety seems to be in the best interest of both parties. Especially with a potential reunion in order.

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