Jets Should Target Former Defender for Reunion After Surprising Release

A 29-year-old defender is going to hit the open market and is a perfect fit back in New York.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi (94) runs onto the field carrying the U.S.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi (94) runs onto the field carrying the U.S. / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY
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Teams around the league are making roster cuts and moves to clear up cap space as we approach free agency. That is exactly what the Jacksonville Jaguars did on Mar. 4. They are releasing defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi in a move that clears up $4.5 million in cap space.

In March 2022, Fatukasi and the Jaguars agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.

The 29-year-old came into the NFL as a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft when the Jets selected him from the University of Connecticut. Fatukasi's release came as a surprise but this could spell good news for the Jets. There is a hole behind Quinnen Williams as New York needs a run-stuffing presence in the middle of the defense.

Jets Rumors: Folorunso Fatukasi Will Fill a Need for the Jets

Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas are free agents but New York would like to bring both players back. They provide more as pass-rushers than run-stuffers. Al Woods, 36, is also a free agent and suffered a torn Achilles in 2023. He was the player that was tasked with eating up blocks on run plays but he likely won't be returning in 2024.

That leaves a spot available on the defensive front. In four seasons with the Jets, Fatukasi notched 115 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 14 QB hits. He would fit perfectly into this DL rotation and would have a significant role on run downs.

Things didn't work out too well for Fatukasi in Jacksonville and he could have an opportunity to head back to Florham Park and join a stacked defensive group.

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