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NY Jets reportedly hosted Morgan Moses on a visit last week

NY Jets, Morgan Moses
NY Jets, Morgan Moses / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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The NY Jets could be looking for an offensive line upgrade in June as they hosted free-agent offensive tackle Morgan Moses on a visit last week, as reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Moses, who was released by the Washington Football Team two weeks ago, is set to visit the Chicago Bears today and, according to Rapoport, could end up taking more visits after that.

Moses is one of the best remaining free agents on the market having been a rock-solid starter at right tackle for Washington over the past half-decade.

And even at age 30, he proved in 2020 that he's still playing some of the best football of his career.

The NY Jets could certainly benefit from signing Morgan Moses

Moses finished the 2020 season with an excellent Pro Football Focus grade of 79.9 that ranked 18th out of all offensive tackles in football. That included an 84.7 run-block grade which was seventh at his position.

Compare that to the Jets' incumbent starting right tackle, George Fant, and it's night and day.

Fant was alright in 2020, but was clearly a worse player than Moses. The 28-year-old finished with a PFF grade of 61.6 that ranked 64th out of 79 qualified tackles.

Perhaps Fant was a little better than his PFF grade indicated, and the Jets do hope that he will perform better in their new zone-blocking system, but Moses would clearly be an upgrade.

The biggest question at this stage is finances.

Fant already received $4.45 million of his $8.5 million salary in March meaning that the Jets would take on a sizable dead cap charge if they were to cut him.

Cutting Fant would come with a dead cap hit of $5.45 million, although the Jets would still save a net sum of $4.38 million. Those savings could be used to pay for Fant's replacement.

Of course, the Jets could theoretically opt to keep both on the roster, although Fant would certainly be an expensive backup and it's likely his cap space could be better used elsewhere (either rolled over into 2022 or spent at a different position).

Moses started 96 consecutive games in Washington and has been a model of stability and durability throughout his career. However, with his now-former organization looking to go young at the position following the addition of Samuel Cosmi, the writing was on the wall.

Nonetheless, Morgan Moses remains one of the most highly-touted free agents on the market for a reason.

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Numerous teams are expected to be interested, and somewhat surprisingly, the Jets are one of them.

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