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Three Young Right Guards the Jets Could Sign in Free Agency to Fortify the Run Game

Here are three right guards, on the younger side, that the Jets should target in free agency this offseason.
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Among the pleasant surprises from this previous Jets season was the rapid development of their offensive line, a group that graded as the 11th best unit in the league by PFF despite starting its season projected as a bottom-10 unit, all while missing tackle Mekhi Becton for most of its season.

While each member experienced their own ups and downs through the year, every starter earned an above-average grade. Rookie left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker was a top-18 guard in the run game, same for his counterpart Greg Van Roten, and tackle George Fant became one of the more consistent pass-blockers in football by allowing just 18 pressures on nearly 600 pass-blocking snaps. Morgan Moses and Connor McGovern served strong in the run game at right tackle and center, respectively, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif slid in just fine at right guard for the second half of the season.

For a generally young team, seeing such a development paints an extremely bright future. In this case, however, the offensive line sits at one of the Jets oldest position groups. Fant, Van Roten, Moses and Duvernay-Tardif are all above the age of 30, with the latter two set to enter free agency in just under a month. Offensive linemen can certainly extend their careers into their mid-to-late 30s, but for a team building toward the future, there’s probably a desire to mix in some more youth along the line.

Best-case scenario is a little bit of both: retaining the more affordable option while signing/drafting the depth for the future. Moses could be looking at a multi-year deal around $7.5 million a year, and with Becton’s return looming the Jets could look for a more feasible No. 3 tackle.

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