9 dream targets for the NY Jets in 2024 free agency

These free agent targets would be perfect signings for the Jets

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2. Andre James, C

  • Contract Projection: 4 years, $36 million ($24 million guaranteed)

Joe Tippman slides from center to right guard in this scenario, with Alijah Vera-Tucker making a permanent home at right tackle. Andre James has been the only consistent part of the Raiders offensive line over the past three seasons, allowing pressure on less than 2% of passing plays.

James has missed just three games over the past three seasons as a starter for Las Vegas, and the Jets are in desperate need of continuity on the offensive line. James is the way to go for the Jets at center, rounding out the offensive line with a tackle at pick 10 in the NFL Draft.

3. Robert Hunt, OG

  • Contract Projection: 4 years, $56 million ($34 million guaranteed)

Hunt is the best available interior guard on the market after the Rams locked up Kevin Dotson to a three year deal late last week.

Hunt was a massive part of Miami's offensive success last season, and helped pave the way for Raheem Mostert and Devon Achane to each have incredibly effiecient seasons. Hunt also has been a very stable presence in his four years in Miami, playing 61 of a possible 67 regular season contests.

4. QB Sam Howell (trade)

  • Trade Projection: 2025 fourth-round pick ($1.075 million cap hit in 2024)

The Jets can kill two birds with one stone by trading for 23-year-old Sam Howell this offseason. With Howell, you are getting a project, but the talent is there, and it was on display last season.

He was thrown into an abysmal situation in Washington, with a historically bad O-Line to protect him, and a lack of a run game led to a high-volume passing offense for the first-year starter.

Howell through 10 games last season was among the league leaders in passing yards, with 17 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions. He can be a very capable backup with protection and capable weapons.

The Jets won’t have to cough up much here, and Howell comes in at an extremely low cap number for the next two seasons.