New York Jets Making Big Free Agent Signing
The New York Jets are making a big free agent signing as soon as the officially free agency period commences mid-March.
It is no secret that quarterback Sam Darnold did not live up to the lofty expectations some had for him coming out of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Some of that can be attributed to his personal failings, whereas the rest can be laid directly at the feet of Jets management.
Quite simply, the organization has not surrounded him with a ton of talent.
The skill positions speak for themselves. The closest New York has come to bolstering those was the ill-advised signing of Le’Veon Bell that everyone, including head coach Adam Gase, thought was a bad idea.
But the other way to help develop a young quarterback is providing him with a good offensive line. And that appears to be what the Jets are trying to do now.
According to the Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, New York is eying several options to bolster the o-line.
“On Thursday, when I initially reported the New York Jets’ interest in Jack Conklin, I also mentioned Halapoulivaati Vaitai as an option if the Jets don’t land their top guy,” he said.
“I’ve confirmed both names with numerous sources over the past two days,” he continued.
“I can also say the Jets are looking at Seattle Seahawks tackle George Fant as another contingency if the Conklin plans don’t shake out. Fant, a former basketball player, is the best athlete of the three yet has started just 24 games the three years he’s been on the field.
“His athleticism would be a perfect fit for Adam Gase’s offense, which will include wide splits between offensive linemen this season.”
One way or another, it appears the Jets are at least hoping to make the right additions this offseason. Will they actually be able to do it? Time will tell.