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

NY Jets, Steven Nelson
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NY Jets, Steven Nelson
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1. The NY Jets could sign CB Steven Nelson

Steven Nelson remains arguably the best overall player remaining on the open market. After developing into a quality starter in Kansas City, Nelson signed on with the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of the 2019 season.

And he quickly established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in football.

Nelson finished 2019 as PFF's sixth-best cornerback with an elite grade of 80.5. And while he took a slight step back in 2020, he still managed a 68.1 grade that ranked 36th at his position.

At worst, Nelson is a high-end No. 2 cornerback who would instantly become the best player on the Jets depth chart. At best, he's a potential No. 1 cornerback who could receive a multi-year deal, even at this stage of the offseason.

Nelson only turned 28-years-old in January and still has plenty left in the tank. The Jets need cornerback help, not only in 2021, but they need building blocks at the position as well.

While Nelson might not be a super long-term option, he'd at least give the Jets a quality cornerback to rely on in 2021 and potentially even further into the future.

Upward to 14 teams reportedly remain interested in the former Oregon State star, potentially including the Jets.

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No free agent remaining on the market would provide as much of an upgrade as Steven Nelson.