7 cheap and realistic free-agent targets for NY Jets this offseason

Some realistic low-cost free-agent targets for the Jets

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The NY Jets aren't expected to be among the highest spenders in free agency this offseason, but with quite a few roster holes to fill, the team will need to make some moves.

That's why it's imperative that the Jets are prudent with how they spend their money. Sure, there is room for a high-profile signing or two, but the Jets will need to make an impact on the lower end of free agency as well.

This is where the bargains are found. These are the diamonds in the rough that make up many of the best rosters in the NFL. The Jets will need to hit on some low-cost free agents if they're to properly address all of their roster needs.

From overlooked role players to aging veterans, here's a look at seven cheap and realistic free-agent targets for the Jets this offseason.

*Note: All contract projections are courtesy of Pro Football Focus

7. The NY Jets could sign RB A.J. Dillon

  • Contract Projection: 2 years, $6.5 million ($4 million guaranteed)

The Jets seem likely to be active in the free-agent running back market this offseason. The team is unlikely to repeat the Dalvin Cook mistake they made a year ago, but there is a hole on the roster behind Breece Hall that needs to be filled.

Former Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon could be the perfect player to fill that hole. Dillon has split carries with Aaron Jones over the last four years, and while he's never proven to be capable of handling a larger workload, he can be effective in a specific role.

The Jets desperately need a running back who can excel in short-yardage situations. Griding out the tough yards has never been Breece Hall's specialty, and Israel Abanikanda is never going to be that guy, either.

Dillon isn't an explosive running back, but at 6-foot, 247 pounds, he can be a very effective short-yardage/goal-line back. The Aaron Rodgers/Nathaniel Hackett connection certainly doesn't hurt.