The NFL offseason is almost over, but some quality free agents are still available that the NY Jets could add. After adding Randall Cobb, Al Woods, and Billy Turner post-draft, there are still some holes on the roster, mainly at safety and linebacker.
The Jets have also started to free up some cap space by reworking Carl Lawson’s contract and could continue this with Corey Davis, Jordan Whitehead, and possibly even C.J. Mosley.
With some newly added cap flexibility, let’s look at five remaining free agents the Jets could add.
1. John Johnson III, S
After trading for Chuck Clark, it seemed like the Jets' plan at safety was set. Release Jordan Whitehead, who has a big cap hit and plays the same position as Clark, and sign someone to play Lamarcus Joyner's role. Well, a lot of free-agent safeties have already signed for relatively cheap, and the Jets passed on different options in the draft.
However, there are still a few good options left if they want to add a third reliable safety option. After Whitehead and Clark, the Jets have the likes of Tony Adams, Will Parks, Ashtyn Davis, and 2023 sixth-round pick Jarrick Bernard-Converse.
For a team that is striving to have a top-five defense, that is concerning. This makes John Johnson III the top remaining target for this Jets team.
Over his career with both the Rams and the Browns, Johnson has had success both in the box and at free safety. In 2020 with the Rams, Johnson played over 1,000 snaps and earned some impressive Pro Football Focus grades.
Johnson earned an 85.6 coverage grade, an 86.2 tackle grade, an 83.9 run-defense grade, and an overall defensive grade of 85.6. Johnson saw those grades go down when he went to Cleveland, but in a good role, Johnson could be a solid player and provide insurance in the back end for the Jets.