5 moves the NY Jets should make after signing Tyron Smith

What should the Jets do next?

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4. The NY Jets should restructure these two contracts

Extending D.J. Reed would be a start, but if the Jets really want to go all in on the 2024 season, they should look into restructuring a pair of contracts. The good news is the Jets have plenty of financial flexibility to create more cap space.

Restructuring the contracts of defensive linemen Quinnen Williams and John Franklin-Myers would save the Jets over $19 million in 2024 cap. Combine that with the $7.5 million they'd save from extending Reed and the Jets could add over $26 million in cap space in the blink of an eye.

Of course, restructuring contracts does push dead money into the future, so it's not something Joe Douglas should look to abuse. But Douglas isn't even guaranteed to be with the organization at this time next year.

Douglas should be aggressive in his attempt to capitalize on the Jets' incredibly short Super Bowl window. This is a perfect way to do that.

3. The NY Jets should sign Jadeveon Clowney (or another edge rusher)

The Jets are reportedly set to meet with veteran edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney this Tuesday as the team explores their options in a post-Bryce Huff world. Clowney would be an outstanding addition for the Jets.

The former No. 1 overall pick has long been seen as one of the best run-defending edge defenders in the NFL, and he's coming off the most productive pass-rushing season of his entire career. Yes, at the age of 31, Clowney is arguably better than ever.

Clowney finished with 9.5 sacks and 71 pressures in 2023, both of which were career highs. His 85.7 Pro Football Focus grade ranked 13th among all edge rushers to play at least 600 defensive snaps.

If the Jets can find a way to sign Clowney to a reasonable contract, it's absolutely something they should explore. If not, finding a way to replace Huff for cheap on the free-agent market still makes sense.