5 Most Important Jets Free Agent Targets in 2024

The New York Jets have a disappointing season in 2023 but need to revamp the offense to end their 13-year playoff drought.
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2. Curtis Samuel

New York needs more than one wide receiver addition, they need two. In 2023, the Jets gave Allen Lazard a four-year, $44 million deal but he was a non-factor. Lazard struggled with drops and being able to create space from defenders.

He finished the year with 23 receptions for 311 yards and one touchdown. New York can't go into next season relying on Lazard.

Curtis Samuel now enters the discussion. Samuel is a fast and explosive playmaker on the outside. The 27-year-old has the ability to be an effective deep-threat and works best when in space. Samuel would be a great third option in the passing attack.

He's logged at least 62 catches, 600 yards, and four scores in two consecutive seasons with the Washington Commanders.

Bringing in another receiver that can win on the outside is crucial.

3. Tyron Smith

New York has to solidify the offensive line badly. Duane Brown and Mehki Becton are both scheduled to hit the open market but they aren't expected to be back in New York. They need to find a way to bring two new tackles to town through free agency and the draft.

Offensive tackle Tyron Smith would be a home-run addition even at the age of 33. Smith has been hit the injury bug over the past few years, missing at least three games in eight straight seasons. That is certainly something to monitor but when he's on the field, he's a stud.

Smith is still an elite pass blocker while still moving defenders in the run game. In 2023, the USC product allowed 18 total pressures on 536 pass-blocking snaps. His pressure rate was 3.4%, which ranked third-best among tackles.

Even if Smith came to New York and suited up in 13 games, that would be a massive win.