5 free agents the NY Jets should sign after 2024 NFL Draft

The Jets still have some holes to fill
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2. The NY Jets could sign WR Tyler Boyd

Zay Jones isn't the only appealing wide receiver left on the open market. Longtime Cincinnati Bengals wideout Tyler Boyd remains a free agent despite significant reported interest from multiple teams.

Boyd is still a rock-solid starting slot receiver fresh off a 67-catch, 667-yard season in 2023. He's also been extremely durable throughout his career, playing in 14+ games in all but one of his eight NFL seasons.

The Jets did draft their hopeful slot receiver of the future in Malachi Corley, but if the team wants to ease him into a larger role, Boyd can be brought in to mentor Corley and provide even more wide receiver depth.

There are few remaining free agents who'd be able to make as large of an impact as Boyd. The only potential hurdle is that he might be out of their price range.

1. The NY Jets could sign OL Connor McGovern

This one is the biggest no-brainer. The Jets revamped their tackle depth in the draft with the Olu Fashanu selection, but the team's interior offensive line depth is lackluster at the moment.

Wes Schweitzer and a collection of undrafted/practice squad castoffs make up the Jets' backup interior offensive line right now. That's where a player like Connor McGovern could step in and provide some assistance.

McGovern has started 55 games at center for the Jets over the last four years, but it's clear his time as a starter — at least with the Jets — has come to an end. He's proven that he can at least very high-quality depth, however.

The Jets could use a true center to serve as Joe Tippmann's backup, and McGovern even offers guard versatility. The price won't be high, the need is there, and the two sides have plenty of familiarity with one another. The Jets should get this done.