The New York Jets have made a ton of moves so far during free agency, but their work isn’t done yet.
With plenty of needs remaining, including on the defensive line, all hands are on deck.
That apparently includes the Jets’ own players in the recruiting efforts.
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A Big Man Making a Big Move
In a surprising turn of events, the Philadelphia Eagles released veteran defensive lineman Fletcher Cox on Thursday, March 17.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network shared the news on Twitter saying Cox will be a “post-June 1 designation” and now the Eagles will save $16 million in cap space with the maneuver.
The longtime veteran is now a free agent and can sign with any other team, but hasn’t ruled out a possible return to the Eagles.
Shortly after this news became public, Jets’ defensive lineman Quinnen Williams went on the recruiting trail on Twitter:
Williams has always been a fan of Cox and said back in December “he grew up watching him” and tries to “take everything from his game” so he can incorporate it into his own:
There Is Some Smoke Here
The Eagles explored some trade possibilities at the deadline last year, but nothing came to fruition.
Once we reached the offseason, the rumor mill started churning once again that Cox could be had for the right price.
Then the latest bombshell dropped with him unexpectedly hitting the open market.
Back on March 11, Connor Hughes of The Athletic said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the Jets got involved in the trade market for Cox. Now that he is available without having to give up an asset, I imagine the interest in a potential pairing would only grow.
Beyond the recruiting efforts of Williams, general manager Joe Douglas knows him better than anyone based on their four years together in the city of brotherly love. They won a Super Bowl championship together and the Jets have a huge need on the defensive line.
This sounds like a pairing that almost makes too much sense not to happen.
Imagine a defensive line featuring Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Williams, and Cox? Throw in the additional depth they have with guys like Jacob Martin, Sheldon Rankins, Bryce Huff, and future picks in the upcoming 2022 NFL draft, this defensive line could be nasty.
Cox is 31 years old and possesses an impressive resume that features a litany of individual awards from Pro Bowl nominations (six) to All-Pro selections (four). This would be a unique opportunity to link up with some uber-talented players and a coaching staff with a dynamic vision to get after the opposing passer.
Adding a player with Cox’s credentials could allow the Jets to have ultimate flexibility heading into April’s draft.
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