The Jets signed Lawson in the offseason hoping that he could come in and turn this pass-rush into one of the NFL's most lethal units but that won't come to fruition, at least not this year.
The Jets shouldn't just let their dreams of having an above average pass rush die with the loss of Lawson, though. An intriguing name out there for the Jets to consider is Tanoh Kpassagnon, who is currently on the New Orleans Saints' roster.
Kpassagnon isn't anywhere close to the same caliber of player that Lawson is, but finding that type of player this close to the start of the season wouldn't come cheap.
Kpassagnon would be a cheaper acquisition, likely not costing the Jets anything more than a Day 3 draft pick. John Sigler of Saints Wire was the first to float this idea and had the Jets parting ways with a sixth-round pick in exchange for Kpassagnon's services.
The NY Jets should trade for Tanoh Kpassagnon
Kpassagnon is a former second-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Villanova. It took the former Wildcats standout some time to get going in Kansas City, as his first two years were flops. He mustered a measly 18 tackles and two sacks during those two seasons.
Year three of Kpassagnon's career was much kinder to him, however, as he doubled his sack totals from the first two years, totaling four on the year and notching 29 tackles.
Last season he appeared in all 16 games with 15 starts but was used more of a rotational piece in Kansas City.
The Jets still have a good situation with their pass rush, but adding a player with experience at getting after the quarterback wouldn't hurt, especially if it wouldn't cost much to do so.
Kpassagnon might not move the needle much amongst the fans, but he could be a nice depth piece to add to the pass rush for the 2021 season.