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9 free agents who could start for the NY Jets if signed

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6. NY Jets target: Eddie Goldman, DT

We've already discussed it a little to this point, but it's pretty surprising to see how little the Jets have addressed their defensive interior to this point. On paper, the biggest weakness currently on the Jets' roster is easily their run defense.

One free agent who has made a career out of being one of the better run-defenders in football is Eddie Goldman. The former second-round pick played over 80 games in seven years with the Chicago Bears before being released this offseason.

Goldman opted out of the 2020 season, returned in 2021, and put together the worst season of his career. Still, at only 28-years-old, there's no reason why Goldman shouldn't still have something left in the tank.

The Jets are in need of a 320-pound space-eating run-stuffer and Goldman fits that profile. He's worth taking a chance on if the price is right.

5. NY Jets target: Chris Harris Jr., CB

The Jets did an excellent job bolstering their cornerback group this offseason, and the unit now looks like one of the strongest positions on the roster. But there's always room for improvement.

If the Jets wanted to add an experienced slot cornerback to their depth chart, they could target a veteran like Chris Harris Jr. on the open market. Harris has long been viewed as one of the NFL's best nickel corners, even if he's a few years removed from his elite seasons in Denver.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old is nearing retirement, but that doesn't mean he can't still play. He's yet to finish with a Pro Football Focus grade below 60.0 in his entire 11-year career.

Harris would provide competition for Michael Carter II and Javelin Guidry in the slot and, in theory, if he were to be signed, he'd likely be the favorite for the starting job. Much like a few others on this list, however, this one doesn't seem likely.

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