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6 offensive tackles the NY Jets can sign after Mekhi Becton injury

NY Jets, Daryl Williams
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NY Jets, Duane Brown
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2. NY Jets target: Eric Fisher

Another quality veteran tackle still on the market is multi-time Pro Bowler Eric Fisher. Fisher spent the first eight years of his career in Kansas City before jumping ship to Indianapolis in 2021.

The former first overall pick started 15 games at left tackle for the Colts last season, earning a respectable 68.2 PFF grade in the process. That said, his 61.0 PFF pass-block grade ranked 59th out of 80 qualified tackles.

His struggles in pass protection were exemplified by his team-high seven sacks allowed and eight penalties. Still, Fisher was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and has experience playing both left and right tackle.

Like Williams, it's a surprise to see him still available this far into the summer. He's clearly waiting for the right deal to come along, and perhaps the Jets could be the team to offer him that deal.

1. NY Jets target: Duane Brown

This is the most obvious one, no? The Jets officially brought Duane Brown in for a visit this past Saturday and the team remains in contact with him at the time of writing.

The Jets were already interested in signing Brown before Becton's injury even occurred. You have to figure that his price tag has only gone up in the days since.

Brown is a 15-year NFL veteran who was long considered to be one of the best left tackles in the NFL. Even at the age of 36, he proved last season that he still has plenty left in the tank, starting 17 games and even making the Pro Bowl.

Signing Brown would likely mean that George Fant, a former teammate of Brown's in Seattle, would move to right tackle. That's not an ideal situation for Fant and the Jets, but it's one they're clearly willing to overlook given Brown's talent.

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The Jets need to sign at least one offensive tackle after Mekhi Becton's injury, and Duane Brown is the most obvious solution to their current quandary.

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