The 2021 offseason is an important one for the New York Jets. The trajectory of the franchise could be altered greatly depending on what they do with the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They will certainly be a team to watch in NFL rumors.
The question people are asking most is whether or not they will select a quarterback. Trevor Lawrence seems to be the unanimous No. 1 pick heading to the Jacksonville Jaguars. What happens after that is anyone’s guess.
The Jets could go several different ways. They could select one of the other top quarterback options in this year’s draft class, Zach Wilson out of BYU or Justin Fields from Ohio State. Or, they could hold onto the young quarterback they already have in Sam Darnold, whom they selected No. 3 overall in 2018, and build around him.
There are compelling arguments to be made for any of those three options at quarterback. What is not up for debate, however, is that the rest of the Jets roster needs an overhaul, especially the defensive side of the ball.
New head coach Robert Saleh was an excellent defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers before landing the job as the head man with the Jets. Improving on that side of the ball will help get New York back on track. Could we see one of Saleh’s former players following him to the East Coast?
According to Pro Football Focus, cornerback Richard Sherman is someone that the Jets should prioritize targeting in free agency. The fit makes sense on a lot of levels.
Sherman has experience playing for Saleh, spending the previous three seasons with the Niners. The Jets are also in desperate need of an upgrade at cornerback. New York expected that to come from Trumaine Johnson, their big-ticket free-agent acquisition in 2018 whom they signed to a five-year, $72.5 million deal. Unfortunately, he flamed out after playing only 17 games with the franchise.
Sherman has some injury concerns of his own, but he is the type of player the Jets could use. He knows the system Saleh will put in and is an experienced winner. He knows what it takes to get the job done and is someone younger guys such as Blessaun Austin, Bryce Hall and Lamar Jackson can learn from.
Pursuing Richard Sherman is a no-brainer for Gang Green. They have plenty of money to spend and with Marcus Maye and Brian Poole impending free agents, they are going to have to add some reinforcements to their defensive backfield.