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

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2. NY Jets target: D.J. Jones, DT

Another 49ers player the Jets seem destined to target is D.J. Jones. There's been a lot of rumors floating around about the Jets' interest in Jones which shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

A former sixth-round pick, Jones has developed into a very consistent starting defensive tackle for the 49ers and someone who, at just 27-years-old, should be in for a decent payday this offseason.

With Foley Fatukasi likely to walk, Jones is the most realistic and appealing potential replacement. He offers more upside as a pass rusher and is a much better fit in the Jets' attacking 4-3 scheme.

Robert Saleh is reportedly a big fan of Jones from their time together in San Francisco and it seems very likely that a reunion could be in their immediate future.

1. NY Jets target: Marcus Williams, S

This would be the Jets' big splash of the offseason. Marcus Williams is primed to become possibly the highest-paid safety in the NFL when he hits the open market this week, and the Jets should be among his top suitors.

At just 25-years-old, Williams is arguably the best pure free safety in football. PFF has ranked him in the top seven of all safeties in four of his five seasons in the league and, despite never actually making a Pro Bowl, he's widely seen as one of the best players at his position.

Williams is exactly what the Jets are looking for. He's a phenomenal coverage safety with excellent ball skills (he has at least two interceptions in each of his five NFL seasons) who fills a major position of need.

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The Jets are going to be heavily involved in the safety market this week. But if they want to make a real splash, they'll go for the top dog. Marcus Williams is very much on their radar.