The Jets were relying on Lawson to be a tone-setter up front. He was expected to be the leader of a stout defensive line and the hope was that he would end the team's decades-long search for a star edge rusher.
But all of that has been put on hold for at least a year with Lawson sidelined.
With Lawson out, the Jets are scrambling to replace him — a feat that will likely prove to be impossible. There is no replacing Carl Lawson. All you can do is give his snaps to other players and hope for the best.
A few players on the roster who could be in line for increased playing time in Lawson's absence are Bryce Huff, John Franklin-Myers, Ronald Blair, and a slew of others.
But while the Jets do have a deep defensive line, they may not be content with the unit just yet.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Jets are exploring a trade for a pass rusher before the 2021 season starts with Lawson out.
There are a number of different directions the Jets could go with that. From the high-profile to the under-the-radar, we take a look at five pass rushers the Jets could target in a trade.
Of course, we have to start with the most notable of them all.