The vibes around the NY Jets have to be fairly solid after two preseason games, one of which was an absolute domination of the Carolina Panthers. The team's stable of running backs, led by Israel Abanikanda, played very well amid all the Dalvin Cook noise, while Will McDonald and Jermaine Johnson led a ferocious pass rush.
All of that positivity has done little to erase the fact that this Jets team still has one of the worst offensive line situations of any contender in the league. Mekhi Becton doesn't appear to be an option at right tackle, Billy Turner has been incredibly poor, and Max Mitchell looks nothing like his 2022 self.
Even though the veteran offensive tackle market is relatively thin right now, Robert Saleh and the Jets might look to that line of thinking as the regular season creeps closer. This could lead them to some very unusual places.
Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic proposed that Jason Peters, who would hypothetically be starting his 19th NFL season at age 41 (he would turn 42 in January). In the NFL, very rarely is a 41-year-old backup the solution to such a momentous issue.
NY Jets would be foolish to sign Jason Peters
Peters is beyond reproach as a tackle, as the nine-time Pro Bowler is going to have a Canton bust in five years. However, the Jets wouldn't be signing the same player who made his name in Buffalo before becoming one of the best Eagles players in franchise history.
The last time he was a starter was the 2021 season on a bad Bears team. He was a backup for the Cowboys last season, and he very rarely saw action on the field despite some injuries and shifting responsibilities. Why would he be an impact player if he was clad in Jets green?
Assuming that Duane Brown comes back and performs at a level right around what he did last season, left tackle could be locked down for the 2023 season. Right tackle is the bigger question mark, especially if Becton is not being considered, but why would Peters suddenly turn back the clock in that position?
The Jets might not be able to give this offensive line problem the quick fix many fans are either hoping for or expecting. Signing Peters would be the result of a desperate team trying too hard to fix things.
In reality, Peters does not move the needle at this point in his career.