4 overrated free agents still available NY Jets must avoid

The Jets should stay away from these free agents
Justin Simmons
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After a disappointing 2023 campaign, the NY Jets have retooled the roster to the point where they feel they are true Super Bowl contenders. General manager Joe Douglas has earned glowing grades for most of his moves this offseason.

Even after adding four new offensive linemen, two new wide receivers, upgrading the backup QB spots, and replacing a few departing free agents, there are still a few ancillary needs left.

The safety room still lags behind the rest of the roster, and lack of quality depth at wide receiver could sink the team in case of an injury.

Additionally, while the offensive tackle situation has been reinforced with the signing of Tyron Smith, the trade for Morgan Moses, and the selection of Olu Fashanu in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, the interior offensive line depth is slim behind center/guard Wes Schweitzer.

By late May the free-agent market typically picked clean of prime talent. Still, there are usually a few veterans hanging around who have star-level resumes, but for one reason or another, their market didn't develop.

Usually, these players are aging veterans, sometimes guys who were cut after the initial wave of free agency, thus limiting their market. This depressed demand means some value contracts can be signed as we move through the summer doldrums towards the start of training camp.

The Jets have played in this market before, signing Morgan Moses in 2021 (his first stint with the team) to a value contract that proved to be a huge boon that season. That said, not all that glitters is gold and some of these bigger names might not be worth even a low-money gamble.

With just over $6 million in available cap space, any addition the Jets make would have to be a prudent one. That's why they should avoid signing these four overrated free agents.