Predicting 9 NY Jets moves in free agency including big WR trade

What will the Jets do in free agency this week?

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8. The NY Jets re-sign Ashtyn Davis and Solomon Thomas

Sticking with the re-signings, the Jets seem likely to bring back a pair of rotational defensive pieces as well. Solomon Thomas, in particular, feels like a lock to be back in 2024.

Thomas is a highly respected leader in the Jets' locker room and a favorite of Robert Saleh. He's coming off a career-high five-sack season, although it's unlikely his market will be extensive. The Jets will almost definitely bring him back.

As for Ashtyn Davis, the former third-round pick proved to be not only a core special-teamer in 2023 but also carved out a role on defense as a third safety.

The Jets already re-signed Chuck Clark on Sunday, and with Davis and Jordan Whitehead set to be free agents, the former feels like the more likely of the two to return. It should be noted that special-teams coordinator Brant Boyer, who has some say in roster control, is a huge Davis supporter.

7. The NY Jets sign TE Marcedes Lewis

Not every signing the Jets make is going to be a high-profile one, but this one almost makes too much sense. Soon-to-be 40-year-old Marcedes Lewis is a free agent this offseason, and the Jets seem like a logical landing spot.

Lewis not only spent considerable time with Aaron Rodgers and Nathaniel Hackett in Green Bay, but he also crossed paths with Robert Saleh and former position coach Ron Middleton in Jacksonville.

The 18-year NFL veteran may be the oldest natural tight end in NFL history, but he was genuinely still an effective player in 2023. Lewis graded out among the best run-blocking tight ends in football, playing 29 percent of offensive snaps for the Chicago Bears last season.

The Jets' tight-end room is a little crowded with Kenny Yeboah and Zack Kuntz behind Tyler Conklin and Jeremy Ruckert, but Lewis could be brought in to compete for a roster spot in training camp. Lewis would low-key be a rock-solid TE3 for the Jets.