The NY Jets remain in the mix for free-agent offensive tackle Morgan Moses. In fact, the two sides appear to be closing in on a potential deal.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported on Thursday that the Jets are "making progress on a potential multi-year deal" for the free-agent tackle, although nothing is done yet.
Fowler insisted that other teams remain involved, but that the Jets have made a "compelling push" and are the favorites to sign Moses at this point.
The NY Jets are close to signing Morgan Moses.
Moses was released by the Washington Football Team last month after six seasons as the team's starting right tackle. The 30-year-old has started 96 consecutive games dating back to the 2015 season and has been a rock-solid presence at tackle for the last half-decade.
But with Washington looking to go young at the position following the adding of Samuel Cosmi in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Moses became a cap causality. And he instantly became one of the most sought-after players on the open market.
Moses is coming off a season in which he earned an excellent 79.9 Pro Football Focus grade that ranked 18th out of all offensive tackles in the NFL. He's an above-average starter on the offensive line — something that's almost impossible to find at this stage of the offseason.
That's probably why general manager Joe Douglas has opted to take such an aggressive approach.
The Jets currently have the incumbent George Fant slated to be their starter in 2021, and although he wasn't terrible last season, it's safe to say that Moses would be a massive upgrade.
Moses' addition would be even more impactful given the uncertain health of left tackle Mekhi Becton who is dealing with a nagging foot injury and has been held out of spring practices.
With Becton sidelined, Conor McDermott has been running with the first-team offense during OTAs and minicamp. The Jets can't afford to go into the 2021 season with McDermott as their primary backup for Becton.
The Jets vowed not to sign any veterans until after minicamp. Now that minicamp is over, it looks like they won't be wasting any time.
Morgan Moses could be Florham Park bound in the very near future.