Jets Land All-Pro Tackle to Protect Aaron Rodgers

The Jets have signed their left tackle a player who will be the most vital piece of protecting Aaron Rodgers in 2024.

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The Jets have finally landed their left tackle to protect Aaron Rodgers and he comes with a resume that speaks for itself. The Jets have landed former All-Pro tackle Tyron Smith who’s one of the most decorated tackles in NFL history. Smith will play on a one year deal worth $20 million dollars — a massive but necessary deal.

The Jets have long searched for their solution at left tackle in players Mekhi Becton and Duane Brown with both struggling for the Jets.

The five time All-Pro will be vital in rebuilding the Jets left side of the offensive line with signing John Simpson. The move also allows Joe Douglas to target a play maker in this year's draft.

The Jets can now target a cost controlled option at wide receiver long term with their first round pick. The team will need for one of the top playmakers in Rome Odunze or Malik Nabers to slide outside of the top ten however.

The Jets offensive line is now set with starting from left to right: Tyron Smith, John Simpson, Joe Tippman, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Morgan Moses.

Rebuilding the offensive line was the top priority for the Jets with little cap space yet, Douglas has filled three holes while adding pieces to the defense.

The priority for the Jets is now addressing wide receiver as rumors linger or the team moving on from Allen Lazard. Former Chargers standout Mike Williams appears to be the team’s top target while Sauce Gardner hinted at a new receiver meeting the team next week.

Can the Jets win the Division Now?

After the additions to the roster, the question becomes are the Jets good enough to win the AFC East? Free Agency has led to the Dolphins and Bills rosters getting poached while the Patriots appear a few years away from contending. As things stand the Jets may have the best team top to bottom of any team in the AFC East. A great draft similar to the 2022 draft could see the Jets rank among Super Bowl contenders if they address their receiving core.

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