3 Former Jets New York Should Sign for a Reunion in Free Agency

Free agency is going to kick off and there are a few former Jets that New York should look into bringing back.

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98)
Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Free agency is the first opportunity in the new league year for teams to improve the roster and bring in some new talent to improve the squad. The legal tampering period opens on Mar. 11 at 12 p.m. ET and teams will begin talking to unrestricted free agents.

New York currently has $25 million in cap space and that number could rise with contract restructures. The Jets have holes at offensive line, receiver, and defensive tackle. Fans can expect them to attack these needs over the offseason and there are a few former players they should bring back to town.

Below we'll discuss who the players are that New York should sign for a reunion.

1. George Fant, OT

The Jets' offensive line was littered with injuries in 2023, trotting out 13 different offensive line combinations. They can't afford that to happen again in 2024 during a make-or-break campaign.

OT George Fant is slated to be a free agent after spending last year with the Houston Texans. He started 13 games for them, putting up a 63.5 PFF grade and allowed three sacks.

The 31-year-old is very athletic with long arms to stay in front of those speed rushers on the outside. Fant also has the positional flexibility to play both tackle spots. That's an ultra-important asset because injuries are bound to happen during the year.

Having someone who can suit up in multiple spots goes a long way in a 17-week season. Fant signed a three-year, $27.3 million deal with the Jets in 2020 so he's familiar with the organization. GM Joe Douglas would be wise to kick the tires on Fant's services.