7 best remaining NY Jets targets after Day 1 of free agency

Who can the Jets still sign today?

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4. The NY Jets could sign OT Tyron Smith

One of the most high-profile free agents on the open market, Tyron Smith could be a target for the Jets if his price tag isn't as high as some expect it to be.

The future first-ballot Hall of Famer has battled injury woes over the last few seasons, playing in just 30 of a possible 67 games over the last four seasons. He hasn't played more than 13 games since 2015 — nearly a decade ago.

Nonetheless, Smith remains one of the best left tackles in football when on the field. His 83.7 Pro Football Focus grade in 2023 ranked fourth among all qualified tackles, en route to another second-team All-Pro nod.

There are genuine injury concerns with Smith, but he offers a higher upside than David Bakhtiari and has been a little healthier. Unfortunately, he'll also be more expensive and his best friend isn't the Jets' quarterback.

3. The NY Jets could sign WR Calvin Ridley

It remains unlikely that the Jets will wind up with Calvin Ridley, but if his market doesn't develop the way some have expected, there's at least a chance Joe Douglas will explore this possibility.

Ridley is the best wide receiver available on the open market this offseason. The former Atlanta Falcons draft pick is coming off a productive 2023 season in which he finished with 76 catches for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns.

Ridley isn't a true No. 1 wide receiver, but he wouldn't have to be on the Jets. While Ridley did struggle with drops from time to time in 2023, he also recorded four different 100-yard games. His explosiveness is undeniable.

This one really just comes down to the price tag. The Jets will be interested, but only if Ridley's market is weaker than expected.