NY Jets: 4 free agents the team could sign before Week 1

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3. NY Jets target: Trey Burton, TE

When the Jets traded away Chris Herndon and released both Ryan Griffin and Daniel Brown, the assumption was that the team would make a move at the tight end position.

And while that's still a possibility, no external addition has been made at the time of writing. Instead, the Jets simply re-signed Griffin and Brown to pair with presumptive starter Tyler Kroft.

But one notable free agent who remains unsigned is Trey Burton. Burton spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts after previous stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.

He was a part of the Super Bowl LII-winning Eagles roster and threw the now famous 'Philly Special' pass to Nick Foles. Do you know who else was a part of that team? Current Jets general manager Joe Douglas.

Douglas could turn to his old friend from Philadelphia as he looks to bolster his tight-end room. At 29-years-old, Burton would be little more than veteran depth at this stage.

But given Griffin's injury history — he's missed a decent chunk of time this summer — and Brown's special-teams exclusivity, that's something the Jets are desperately in need of.

Burton would give the Jets a capable veteran to pair with Kroft and someone who might be the best natural pass-catching tight end on the roster.

The Eagles connection with Douglas makes it all the more realistic.