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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6. The NY Jets sign QB Ryan Tannehill

The Jets are going to sign a veteran backup quarterback. Of all the moves Jets general manager Joe Douglas has telegraphed this offseason, this one is the most obvious. The only question is...who?

Will it be Jacoby Brissett? Will the Jets bring back an old friend in Sam Darnold? My money is on Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill has obvious ties to a number of members of the Jets' offensive coaching staff, most notably passing game coordinator Todd Downing. His 2023 film is quite bad, but Tannehill remains a fine backup option.

Brissett is likely going to be out of their price range, and he'll almost definitely have better opportunities. Tannehill should have a smaller market, and the Jets might be his best landing spot. His connection to the coaching staff is a bonus.

5. The NY Jets sign OT David Bakhtiari

This feels inevitable, doesn't it? The Green Bay Packers have yet to officially part ways with longtime left tackle David Bakhtiari, but it's a move that's been expected for months now. Bakhtiari will be a free agent soon enough.

Once that happens, there is no team that makes more sense for the oft-injured All-Pro left tackle than the Jets. That doesn't mean it's the best move, but it sure feels likely.

Bakhtiari has appeared in one game in two of the last three seasons and hasn't played more than 12 games since 2019, but when healthy, he's still been one of the best left tackles in football. It's worth wondering what he might have left in the tank, though.

The Jets aren't going to back themselves into a position where they have to draft an offensive tackle in the first round. Bakhtiari is the insurance policy they need to take a "best player available" approach in April.

Oh, and he's one of Aaron Rodgers' best friends. That helps too.