5 bargain free agents the NY Jets could sign before 2023 NFL Draft

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4. The NY Jets could sign DT A'Shawn Robinson

The Jets lost two of their top four defensive tackles this offseason as both Sheldon Rankins and Nathan Shepherd walked in free agency. The team did bring back Solomon Thomas, but it was clear there was more work to be done.

That's why the Jets went out and signed veteran Quinton Jefferson to a one-year deal earlier this month. Jefferson joins Quinnen Williams as projected starters on the defensive line, but the Jets likely aren't done yet.

The Jets reportedly remain interested in signing another veteran defensive tackle, seemingly with an emphasis on run defense. One player to keep an eye on is A'Shawn Robinson.

Robinson is one of the best defensive tackles remaining on the open market, and he perfectly fits the run-stuffing archetype the Jets are looking for. The former first-round pick stands at 6-foot-4, 330 pounds, and is an incredibly effective space-eating interior run defender.

Robinson finished top five among qualified interior defensive linemen last season in run-stop rate while missing just three tackles all season.

This comes one year after Robinson finished top five in Pro Football Focus run-defense grade and second in run-stop rate among qualified interior defensive linemen. He's one of the best run-stuffing nose tackles in football.

An early-down defensive tackle duo of Williams and Robinson would be a perfect way to improve a Jets' run defense that struggled at times last season. Let Jefferson come off the bench as a rotational interior pass rusher.