Why the NY Jets should sign Tyler Boyd immediately

The Jets need to sign Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd
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After enduring the initial flurry of free agency without securing any notable signings, the NY Jets could change that by signing wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

At 29 years old, Boyd presents an intriguing opportunity for the Jets. Despite flying somewhat under the radar with the Cincinnati Bengals since 2016, he has consistently performed at a high level.

Initially overshadowed by A.J. Green, Boyd showcased his capabilities with consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons early in his career. More recently, he's played alongside the likes of Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, maintaining solid production despite clearly being the third option.

Even as the No. 3 wide receiver on the Bengals, Boyd posted respectable numbers in 2021, tallying 828 receiving yards, 67 catches, and five touchdowns. His contributions extended into the playoffs, culminating in a solid performance in the Super Bowl with five receptions for 48 yards.

Why Tyler Boyd is a perfect target for the NY Jets in free agency

Should the Jets pursue Boyd, they'd gain a reliable slot receiver who could seamlessly become the team's No. 2 option behind Garrett Wilson. With eight seasons of experience in a similar role, Boyd brings a wealth of knowledge and comfort to the position, having thrived alongside another elite young talent like Chase in Cincinnati.

While the potential acquisition may not grab headlines, it represents a prudent move for the Jets. Comparisons to last year's signing of Allen Lazard are inevitable, but Boyd's numbers are actually much more superior and consistent. Not only that, but he's projected to cost less than Lazard.

Despite an uptick in the salary cap, Boyd's projected annual salary of $8.7 million remains within reason, offering the Jets a cost-effective solution.

When comparing Boyd to other available options like Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the longtime Bengals wide receiver is a much better option, and it's not particularly close.

Boyd has been consistently undervalued and overlooked throughout his career. His ability to shine, despite being a third option, is notable.

If paired alongside Wilson and potentially a promising prospect from the 2024 NFL Draft, Boyd's arrival could signal the beginning of a promising era for the Jets offense in 2024.