4 options the NY Jets have to replace Alijah Vera-Tucker

How can the Jets replace Alijah Vera-Tucker?
NY Jets, Alijah Vera-Tucker
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2. The NY Jets could pursue an external option

If all else fails and the internal options look bleak, the Jets could always search for Vera-Tucker's replacement in the free-agent or trade market. External options are very much a possibility.

The Jets will likely add at least one offensive lineman in the wake of Vera-Tucker's injury. Don't be surprised if the team re-signs veteran Cedric Ogbuehi to their practice squad after he was released last week.

Still, Ogbuehi is hardly a long-term solution. The former Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick held his own when forced into action last season, but he's a low-end backup at this stage. He's little more than depth.

The most appealing free-agent option available is undoubtedly La'el Collins. Collins suffered a torn ACL and MCL late last season and was surprisingly released by the Bengals last month.

Reports suggest that Collins is healthy and cleared to return as of two weeks ago, and teams have reportedly shown interest. The Jets should absolutely consider him as a potential target.

The rest of the free-agent market isn't particularly appealing, but there might be a few names available via trade. Someone like Garrett Bolles of the Denver Broncos is a high-end, semi-realistic trade target as we approach the deadline.

It isn't easy to find quality offensive tackles on the open market in October, but there are a few appealing options if the Jets choose to explore this avenue.