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7 defensive tackles the NY Jets could sign after missing out on Larry Ogunjobi

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6. NY Jets target: Eddie Goldman

At one point not too long ago, Eddie Goldman was one of the better nose tackles in the NFL. His 87.9 Pro Football Focus grade in 2018 placed him among the elite players at his position.

Unfortunately, his career has been on a downward trajectory since. After opting out of the 2020 season, Goldman returned in 2021 and put together the worst season of his career, finishing with a dreadful 39.8 PFF grade.

Goldman has the pedigree and only turned 28 years old this past January. It's fair to wonder if last season was just an anomaly or if his days as an impact starter are in the past.

Much like Davison, Goldman is far from an ideal scheme fit, but if the Jets are looking for someone to fill a role, he makes some sense.

5. NY Jets target: Brandon Williams

Another veteran nose tackle coming off a career-worst year is former Baltimore Ravens lineman, Brandon Williams. Williams spent the last nine seasons in Baltimore where he racked up 114 career starts and established himself as an important part of his team's defense.

However, it became increasingly clear in 2021 that he was no longer the same player he used to be. That's why the Ravens opted to let him walk this offseason in favor of the newly (re)-signed, Michael Pierce.

Williams was still a crucial part of one of the NFL's best run defenses last season and could still be effective as an interior run defender on early downs.

He's in the twilight of his career at age 33, but the Jets might just be able to find some use for Williams. He's one of the most accomplished and experienced players remaining on the open market.

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