1. The NY Jets need another offensive playmaker
The Jets have a perfectly acceptable skill position group right now. Garrett Wilson is already a star and a genuine WR1. Breece Hall can be one of the best running backs in football if he returns to full health. The rest of the unit, however, is just fine.
Allen Lazard, Corey Davis, and Mecole Hardman give the Jets three very capable NFL wide receivers. The Jets may have a deep wide receiver room, but the unit outside of Wilson is devoid of true difference-makers.
Assuming Hall will return to his pre-injury form right away wouldn't be wise, and the Jets lack top-end talent at running back behind him. Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah are quality NFL tight ends, but again, neither is exactly a game-changer.
The Jets are one injury to Wilson or Hall away from having a below-average skill position group. In a season in which the team has genuine Super Bowl aspirations, you'd think the team would be more willing to make another high-profile addition.
They flirted with the idea in the 2023 NFL Draft as the Jets nearly drafted the likes of Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs and Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer in the first round. If Gibbs was available at pick 15, the Jets very likely would have picked him, per reports.
The Jets' skill position group is fine as is. They don't need to sign Hopkins. That's not the point, though.
The Miami Dolphins didn't need to trade for Tyreek Hill and draft Jaylen Waddle. The Philadelphia Eagles didn't need to trade for A.J. Brown and draft Devonta Smith. They did so, however, because adding more star players is never a bad thing.
The Jets have an opportunity to form one of the best skill position groups in the NFL to go along with an outstanding defense and a Hall-of-Fame quarterback. They can do this while still paying their own talent.
In short, they can have their cake and eat it too. The Jets should make every effort to sign DeAndre Hopkins.