When the NY Jets hired Robert Saleh to be their new head coach two years ago, the expectation was that the former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator would bring over some of the players he coached at his old job.
After all, this is the NFL — it's a connections business. That's pretty much what happened as Saleh would reunite with the likes of Laken Tomlinson, D.J. Reed, Kwon Alexander, Solomon Thomas, Tevin Coleman, Marcell Harris, and others in New York.
Not all of those players were signed in year one, however. Saleh could still look to dip back into the ex-49ers player pool this offseason as he looks to plug further holes on the Jets' roster.
Let's take a look at seven soon-to-be free agents who could reunite with Robert Saleh on the Jets.
7. NY Jets target: Tarvarius Moore, S
The Jets will be looking to make some changes to their safety room this offseason with Lamarcus Joyner set to hit free agency. The team could also move on from players like Jordan Whitehead or even Ashtyn Davis to save some money.
49ers defensive back Tarvarius Moore wouldn't solve the Jets' safety concerns, but he could be a solid depth addition who could double as a core special-teamer. That's the role Moore has played in San Francisco over the last five seasons.
A former third-round pick, Moore has started 13 games in the NFL, with eight of those coming in 2020. An Achilles tear wiped out his 2021 season, but Moore returned in 2022 and played a rotational role on defense and was a regular on special teams.
This would be similar to the addition of Marcell Harris last offseason. A former 49ers draft pick who could come and compete for a roster spot while working under his former defensive coordinator.