NY Jets: 5 free agents who would instantly improve the roster

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NY Jets, Richard Sherman
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2. The NY Jets could sign CB Richard Sherman

If the Jets are going to add a veteran cornerback, it will likely come in the form of an outside cornerback. And one player whose name continues to pop up in rumors is Richard Sherman.

Sherman, of course, has plenty of history with Robert Saleh and the two think very highly of one another. The future Hall of Famer might have more appealing options, but don't rule out a potential reunion under Saleh in New York.

Sherman's market has developed slower than expected, and while he would like to sign with a contender, the Jets remain in the mix — at least as a fallback option.

The Jets are slated to enter the 2021 season with the duo of Bryce Hall and Blessuan Austin as their starting boundary corners. Hall, a 2020 fifth-round pick, showed promise in his rookie season, but is hardly even a starting-caliber player just yet — let alone a No. 1 corner.

As for Austin, the 2019 sixth-rounder surprised in his rookie campaign but took a major step back in 2020. He'll have to hold off 2021 draftees Jason Pinnock and Brandin Echols for the starting job.

All of this is to say that the Jets are incredibly inexperienced and unproven at cornerback. Sherman would not only provide experience, but he'd also give the team their best cornerback from a talent perspective.

He's just two years removed from being arguably the best cornerback in football and played well before getting injured last season.

If Sherman will consider the Jets, the Jets should absolutely consider Sherman.