NY Jets DT Folorunso Fatukasi is one of the best free agents at his position

Folorunso Fatukasi, NY Jets
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NY Jets defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi will arguably be the team's best pending free agent in 2022 and could attract plenty of suitors this offseason.

Fatukasi was recently ranked third on PFF's list of the top interior defensive linemen slated to hit free agency in 2022, behind Chicago Bears' Akiem Hicks and Baltimore Ravens' Calais Campbell.

He earned an overall PFF grade of 61.5 this past season, placing him roughly in the middle of the pack of all defensive linemen.

The defensive tackle has gained a reputation as an excellent defender against the run, posting PFF run-defense grades of 87.6 in 2019 and 86.2 in 2020.

While the Jets' run defense as a whole underperformed last season, Fatukasi showed his tactical awareness and athleticism in containing some of the league's best ball-carriers.

NY Jets will have to make a tough decision regarding Folorunso Fatukasi

Fatukasi is in his fourth year in New York and is coming off one of his more productive seasons that saw him play a career-high 15 games. The defensive stalwart recorded 46 total tackles, five tackles for loss, and six quarterback hits and served as a quality run-stuffing nose tackle.

Currently, the Jets have solid starters in John Franklin-Myers, Quinnen Williams, and Sheldon Rankins, and you could make the case that the team could afford to let Fatukasi go.

Fatukasi will attract attention from all teams needing a defensive boost in the trenches. Though cap space likely won't be a problem for the Jets, PFF projects a three-year, $24 million dollar contract for the defensive tackle in 2022.

It'll be up to the Jets, head coach Robert Saleh, and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich to decide if Fatukasi fits in the team's defensive scheme.

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Whether he leaves or stays, Fatukasi should continue enjoying many fruitful years in the league.