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Ranking the NY Jets' 3 rumored free agent targets

NY Jets, Larry Ogunjobi
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2. NY Jets target: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, NY Jets

Back in March, the Chicago Bears reportedly signed Larry Ogunjobi to a massive three-year, $40.5 million contract that would have paid him over $13 million per season. That was until he failed his physical, promoting the deal to fall through.

Now, Ogunjobi remains unsigned in the middle of June with the Jets reportedly showing the most interest.

Ogunjobi first made a name for himself with the Cleveland Browns where he developed from an unpolished third-round pick out of Charlotte into a legitimate interior disruptor.

The New Jersey native tallied 5.5 sacks in consecutive seasons in 2018 and 2019, but it wasn't until he joined a stacked Cincinnati Bengals defensive line in 2021 that he put together the best year of his career, finishing with seven sacks in 16 games.

His production was notable, although advanced metrics sites like Pro Football Focus didn't rate him quite as highly. Ogunjobi finished with a very poor PFF grade of 47.5 which included a 34.7 run-defense grade that ranked 126th out of just 136 qualified interior linemen.

He isn't exactly the type of defensive tackle the Jets should be looking for as Ogunjobi does his best work as a penetrating three-technique, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't still be a worthwhile addition.

At worst, Ogunjobi is probably a step up from Sheldon Rankins and someone who could likely be had for a bargain at this stage of the offseason. At best, he could be the missing piece on that Jets' defensive line.

His less-than-stellar run-defending skills are why he doesn't rank first on this list, however.

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