9 players the NY Jets can still target in 2022 free agency

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6. NY Jets target: Justin Houston, DE

There are a number of veteran pass rushers still on the market who, despite their age, remain pretty productive players. One such veteran is Justin Houston.

Houston may be in the twilight stages of his career, but he proved in 2021 that he can still make an impact. Despite registering only 4.5 sacks in 15 games, Houston finished as Pro Football Focus' 19th-best edge defender.

He held down a regular starting role in the Baltimore Ravens' defense as a rock-solid pass rusher and run defender. Even at age 33, he would be a worthwhile pickup for the Jets.

Of course, there's no guarantee that Houston would be willing to sign on with the Jets at this stage of his career. But it's certainly worth a shot.

5. NY Jets target: Melvin Ingram, DE

Many of the same things just said about Justin Houston apply to Melvin Ingram as well. The 32-year-old Ingram spent last season split between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, and much like Houston, he proved he still has something left in the tank.

He only recorded 2.5 sacks in 15 games (seven starts), but he actually finished with a whopping 51 pressures that ranked 23rd out of all edge defenders in the NFL, tied with the likes of Cameron Jordan and Brian Burns.

Ingram was a very productive player in 2021 and he's someone who can provide an important veteran presence to a relatively young pass-rush corps.

The three-time Pro Bowler has experience as both a 4-3 defensive end and stand-up outside linebacker, although much like Houston, convincing him to sign with a team that won't be contending in 2022 might be challenging.