Jets Meet With Veteran Free-Agent Tackle

The New York Jets are meeting with veteran free-agent tackle Riley Reiff.
The New York Jets are meeting with veteran free-agent tackle Riley Reiff. / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets could be adding some veteran depth to an offensive line that features three projected staters under the age of 25. Free agent tackle Riley Reiff is set to meet with the team on Thursday after starting 12 games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021 before suffering an injury.

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Reiff was a 2013 first-round pick for the Detroit Lions and spent the first five seasons of his career calling Ford Field home. His next four NFL seasons came with the Minnesota Vikings. Reiff's 10 years of experience would come in handy when mentoring players like Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker.

In his lone season with Cincinnati, Reiff earned a 67.3 overall grade by ProFootballFocus and allowed 4 sacks while drawing 1 penalty in 711 snaps played. That was fresh off a 2020 season in which the former Iowa standout shined by giving up only 1 sack and drawing 1 penalty in 1,003 snaps played.

Becton is locked into a starting gig along the right edge, but veteran George Fant hasn't played a full season since 2019. Having a reliable backup option in case something were to happen wouldn't be a bad idea for the Jets, especially since quarterback Zach Wilson was sacked 44 times in 2021.

Reiff enters the 2022 season at 33 years of age, so anything outside of a short-term deal as a swing tackle seems unrealistic here. The Jets will look to improve this upcoming fall and have odds set at +710 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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