With a little under $40 million in cap space for 2022, the Jets have many tantalizing free agents on their radar including Marcus Williams and others. If the team wants to make its offensive line a priority, New York could also sign top-20 free agent Brandon Scherff.
PFF's Arjun Menon listed expected landing spots for the top-50 free agents this offseason and had Scherff going to New York.
"If New York is truly serious about building around Zach Wilson, Scherff should be the first call the team makes in free agency. With two rock-solid guards with Scherff and Alijah Vera-Tucker, Wilson would be able to throw from cleaner pockets."- Arjun Menon
We previously wrote that the Jets should stay away from Scherff due to his injury history and age, but Menon does make some good points.
NY Jets expected to sign Washington guard Brandon Scherff this offseason
Scherff never recorded a season with less than a 72.0 PFF grade, and this past season was the first in his career where Scherff didn't allow a single sack.
Menon also notes that Scherff could potentially thrive in Mike LaFleur’s zone-blocking scheme where he can be just as efficient " in space" and "on the move." Scherff was predicted to command a three-year contract worth $50 million with $30 million guaranteed.
As a highly coveted free agent, Scherff would upgrade most teams' offensive lines as long as he's healthy, but the last full season he played was more than five years ago.
There's no question that Zach Wilson needs extra pass protection and that the Jets' running game would hugely benefit from an offensive line stalwart, and Scherff could in theory serve as that missing puzzle piece.
Only time will tell if Scherff can return to elite form and help New York — or whichever team he ends up on — in the trenches.