5 moves the NY Jets should make after signing Tyron Smith

What should the Jets do next?

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The NY Jets sent shockwaves throughout their fan base on Friday by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth a maximum of $20 million with five-time All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.

The signing is easily the biggest move the Jets have made so far this offseason, and it helps complete the team's offensive line makeover. Smith, a 2023 All-Pro, immediately becomes one of the best players on the Jets' roster.

This Jets team is attempting to go all-in this season. The goal is to build a Super Bowl-caliber roster around Aaron Rodgers as the team looks to compete for a championship. The Smith signing is absolutely a step in the right direction, but there's still work to be done.

The Jets have the ability to make a handful of additional moves before the 2024 NFL Draft next month. Here are five moves the Jets should make after signing Tyron Smith.

5. The NY Jets should extend D.J. Reed

First and foremost, the Jets need to create cap space if they're to continue being active in the free-agent market. One of the easiest and most prudent ways to do this would be to extend cornerback D.J. Reed.

Reed is entering the final year of his contract in 2024 and is set to carry a cap hit of $15.6 million. That's the fourth-highest cap hit on the team. Fortunately, the Jets have a very easy solution to this problem that also helps them in the future.

Extending Reed, who has more than played well enough to warrant a second contract in New York, would save the Jets $7.5 million in cap space, per Over the Cap.

The Jets would save money and keep one of their best players around for a few more years in the process before his price tag gets even higher. This feels like a no-brainer for both sides.