NY Jets interested in signing Pro Bowl center Ben Jones

NY Jets, Ben Jones
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The NY Jets could be looking to make a major splash at the center position this offseason, as the team is reportedly interested in signing longtime Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones.

Brian Costello of the New York Post reported on Sunday that there is "interest in a possible reunion" between Jones and former Titans offensive line coach Keith Carter. Carter was hired as the Jets' new offensive line coach and run game coordinator earlier this year.

Jones was released by the Titans earlier this month in a cost-saving move that caught many by surprise. The 2022 Pro Bowler had been with the Titans for the last seven seasons and has long been one of the league's most underrated offensive linemen.

Even though the 2022 season marked Jones' first Pro Bowl appearance, he's been considered one of the NFL's best centers for quite some time now. His history with Carter could lead to a reunion in Florham Park.

Ben Jones would be a massive addition for the NY Jets

A fourth-round pick of the Houston Texans in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones played guard early in his career before transitioning to a full-time starting center. It wasn't until he joined the Titans in 2016 that his career really took off, however.

In seven seasons as a starter with the Titans, Jones has never finished with a Pro Football Focus grade below 71.0. He's been ranked inside the top 11 centers in football in each of the last six seasons.

On top of that, Jones has been the model of consistency and durability throughout his career. Before a concussion sidelined him for five games in 2022, Jones had missed just one game in his previous 10 seasons in the NFL.

Jones was a highly-regarded leader of the Titans team and one of the most beloved and respected members of the organization for close to the last decade.

He turns 34 years old in July, so it's not as if he's a long-term solution. That said, Jones is still very much playing at a high level, and he would undoubtedly be a significant addition to this Jets' offensive line.

The Jets swung and missed in their pursuit of guys like Jake Brendel and Graham Glasgow. The incumbent Connor McGovern remains a free agent, but there's no denying that Jones is a better player than all three.

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The Jets went into the offseason needing to bolster their offensive line. Signing one of the better centers in the NFL would certainly be one way to accomplish that goal.