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5 NY Jets free agent targets that weren't franchise tagged

NY Jets, Carlton Davis
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NY Jets, Carlton Davis
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1. NY Jets target: Carlton Davis, CB

If I were going to bank on any top free agent the Jets will target this offseason, my money would be on Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis.

A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Davis has developed into one of the better cornerbacks in football over the last four years. He's been a consistent starter having started 50 games since entering the league in 2018.

And at just 25-years-old (he only turned 25 less than three months ago), he's exactly the type of high-upside young player the Jets would love to add to their defense.

By all accounts, the Jets are happy with the young cornerbacks on their roster. They're big fans of Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols, and even Isaiah Dunn, but they don't believe they have a No. 1 cornerback on the team.

They're right in that assessment, and Davis is a player who could step in and immediately fill that role. On top of that, he's a much better scheme fit than someone like J.C. Jackson and has done his best work in zone coverage, despite his reputation as a physical man corner coming out of college.

He did miss seven games this past season while dealing with a quad injury, but other than that, he's been mostly healthy throughout his career. Once again, Davis ticks all of Joe Douglas' boxes.

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If the Jets want to add a young No. 1 cornerback in free agency, Carlton Davis is probably their best bet. I think there's a good chance this one ends up happening.

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