5 players the NY Jets WILL target in free agency, per report

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4. NY Jets target: B.J. Hill, DT

C.J. Uzomah isn't the only Bengals player the Jets will reportedly pursue, however. The Jets are also interested in signing defensive lineman B.J. Hill following his breakout 2021 season.

Hill was traded from the New York Giants to the Bengals in exchange for former first-round bust Billy Price just prior to the start of the 2021 season. It's safe to say the Bengals got the better of that deal.

Hill went on to record a career-high 5.5 sacks in 16 games while also setting new career-highs in tackles for loss and QB hits. He was an important part of a Bengals defensive line that helped carry the team to Super Bowl LVI.

At just 26-years-old, Hill could have a sizable market in free agency, but with the Jets looking to upgrade their defensive interior (especially with Folorunso Fatukasi likely to walk), he makes plenty of sense as a potential target.

3. NY Jets target: Laken Tomlinson, OG

The Jets seem likely to come away with a new starting right guard in free agency, and one player who's absolutely near the top of their list is Laken Tomlinson.

Even at 30-years-old, Tomlinson fits the criteria of everything the Jets are looking for in free agency. He's extremely durable having played 112 of a possible 113 games over his seven-year career, is a perfect scheme fit coming from the 49ers system, and, most importantly, is a darn good player.

Tomlinson has been ranked by PFF in the top-13 of all offensive guards in football in each of the last two seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2021. He's one of the better left guards in the NFL.

The Jets would likely ask him to switch sides which could hinder his interest in joining them, but if the Jets are willing to pay, they might just be able to land one of the best offensive linemen on the market.