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4 positions the NY Jets could still upgrade in free agency

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1. The NY Jets could upgrade linebacker

The Jets went out and addressed seemingly every position on the roster this offseason. Perhaps the only position group that remained largely untouched was the linebacker unit.

Unfortunately for the Jets, that just so happened to be one of the weakest position groups on the team last year.

C.J. Mosley is still a very valuable player, but it's clear that he's on the downswing of his career and he was a liability at times in 2021. Quincy Williams is a fun player with a high motor, but he too often found himself out of position both in run defense and coverage.

Meanwhile, the likes of Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen are little more than dart throw at this stage. The Jets did go out and sign former 49ers safety Marcell Harris — a player who is currently penciled in as one of the team's starting linebackers.

It's evident that this position is arguably the weakest on the roster, though. The Jets have made it known that they're searching for an upgrade, however, with the team keeping a close eye on Kwon Alexander this offseason.

Alexander is a former Pro Bowl linebacker who perfectly fits the mold the Jets are looking for at the linebacker position. His injury history is a significant concern, but when healthy, Alexander is tailor-made for this Jets' defense.

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If not Alexander, others such as K.J. Wright, Anthony Hitchens, Joe Schobert, and Malcolm Smith could make some sense. The Jets are clearly interested in making a late-offseason addition to their linebacker corps.

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