7 defensive tackles the NY Jets could sign after losing Sheldon Rankins

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2. The NY Jets could sign Matt Ioannidis

How about a little homecoming? Born in Ringoes, New Jersey, Matt Ioannidis played his college ball at Temple and could play for his "hometown team" of sorts if he signs with the Jets this offseason.

Ioannidis has long been one of the more unheralded defensive tackles in the NFL. He's never finished with a PFF grade south of 65.0 in his five years as a starter and has especially graded out well as a pass rusher.

He's very much in the mold of someone like Rankins, in the sense that he's more effective as an interior disruptor and pass rusher. Ioannidis isn't a liability as a run defender, but his strong suit is definitely getting after the passer.

If the Jets are looking for a veteran who shares a similar skill set to Rankins, Ioannidis might be their top choice. Perhaps the North Jersey connection could be a factor as well.

1. The NY Jets could sign Calais Campbell

The most high-profile name remaining on the market is now-former Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell. Campbell was released by the Ravens earlier this month in a cost-cutting move, but don't get it twisted: the 15-year veteran is still playing at a very high level.

Campbell finished the 2022 season with 5.5 sacks and 14 QB hits, the most he's totaled in a single season since his 2019 Pro Bowl campaign with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 36-year-old has been ranked in the top 27 interior defensive linemen by PFF in every season since 2011, including this past season when his 76.9 grade was good for 15th in the NFL.

Campbell has contemplated retirement in the past, but given that he's one sack shy of 100 career sacks and has never won a Super Bowl, perhaps he'll consider running it back for one more season.

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If Campbell is willing to consider a Jets offer, they should be all over his market.