2. NY Jets free agent target: K.J. Wright (LB)
This one dates back a little further in Robert Saleh's career — back to his days with the Seattle Seahawks.
From 2011-2013, Saleh served as the Seahawks' defensive quality control coach which is where he first put his name on the map. During that time, he worked closely with Seattle's linebacker corps.
And one player who was also looking to make a name for himself was a young linebacker by the name of K.J. Wright.
Now a 10-year veteran with 140 career starts under his belt, Wright is looking for a new home after departing Seattle in the offseason.
Wright is a versatile player who's still performing at a high level despite his age. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was Pro Football Focus' seventh-best linebacker in 2020 as he finished with an excellent 75.7 overall grade.
In fact, his 79.2 PFF coverage grade was topped by only five linebackers in the entire NFL. He's versatile, can cover, and has experience with Saleh. This move makes plenty of sense.
Wright could step in as a day-one starter at WILL allowing rookies Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jamien Sherwood to take on complementary roles in year one.
More importantly, Wright would give the Jets valuable depth at both WILL and SAM, something they're severely lacking at the moment.
There haven't been any rumors tying the Jets to Wright, but this is a deal that makes a lot of sense.