We are in the slow stretch of the NFL offseason, especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft is over and we're still weeks away from when training camp is supposed to start, so there is not much news to be had. So, when a few teams get some extra salary cap space as a result of post-June 1 cuts, it's noteworthy.
The New York Jets are one of the teams that will be getting some space tomorrow. Due to the cut of Trumaine Johnson, the Jets actually get $11 million of space, which is the most among the four teams freeing up some space. With that money, the Jets would be wise to target Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney remains one of the most coveted free agents still available, and this extra money could give the Jets enough to bring him in. While the Jets have addressed many positions this offseason, edge rusher remains among the weakest positions on the team.
Currently, the Jets are expecting to start Jordan Jenkins and Tarrell Basham at its two outside linebackers. Jenkins is a decent player, but Basham is a career backup that has totaled just four sacks.
Adding Clowney to the mix would not only be a big boost the the linebacker room, it would give this entire defense a boost, help out an inexperienced secondary and make the overall defense a unit with the potential to win games. Clowney has the seventh-best pass rush win rate among edge defenders last season, and the Jets would be wise to target a dominant player like this with their extra capital.
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