We are now a week removed from Dalvin Cook’s visit with the NY Jets, and he still has not signed. It seemed like talks were heating up and he would sign when he came for a visit, but that is no longer the case.
The Jets might still be able to sign him, but as of now, it does not seem like anything is imminent.
After Aaron Rodgers' contract restructure, the Jets still have a good amount of cap space to work with — $15 million per Over The Cap. If Cook winds up heading elsewhere, there are still some good free agents the Jets can sign.
Let’s look at five free agents the Jets can sign if they miss out on Dalvin Cook.
1. The NY Jets could sign Dalton Risner
This is one of the most complete rosters the Jets have had in a long time. However, no team is perfect, and there are still some holes. One of the question marks remaining on this team is the offensive line, specifically the offensive tackles.
Duane Brown should be the starting left tackle but is still hurt, Mekhi Becton is working with the second team, and Max Mitchell is fighting for the right tackle spot with Billy Turner. There are a lot of question marks and not much reliable depth there.
The issue is that there are not any good offensive tackles at this point, either. One way the Jets can get creative is by signing an interior offensive lineman and moving Alijah Vera-Tucker to offensive tackle, where he played well last season.
The best interior offensive lineman available is Dalton Risner. Risner has been the Broncos' starting left guard for the past four seasons and has been a solid fixture. Last season, Risner played over 900 snaps and allowed just three sacks and 29 total pressures.
If the Jets believe that Brown won’t be healthy, or they aren't comfortable with their other options, signing Risner and kicking Vera-Tucker outside is probably the best move they can make at this point.