Jets’ GM Joe Douglas ‘Loves’ Super Bowl Champion Free Agent: Report

Ryan Jensen Bucs

Getty A slew of Tampa Bay Buccaneers players running out of the tunnel on gameday of an NFL contest.

There is no debate that the New York Jets need some offensive line help this offseason.

Although where questions arise is where those resources should be invested. Some believe they need help at right guard while others have argued a replacement at center is necessary.

One analyst poured gasoline in the Twitter world with a juicy rumor that set things ablaze on this very subject.

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A Very Interesting Rumor

Longtime NFL veteran and current television analyst Leger Douzable tweeted out that there are rumors that Jets’ general manager Joe Douglas “loves” Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen.

The 30-year-old (will be 31 by the start of the 2022 season) center is scheduled to be a free agent in March.

Most recently the talented offensive lineman affectionately known as “Big Red” has spent the last four seasons with the Bucs highlighted by a Super Bowl championship in 2020.

Prior to that, Jensen was with the Baltimore Ravens from 2013-17. Douglas crossed over with the veteran center for two seasons with the Ravens (2013-14) while he was a scout.

On top of their time spent together, the Jets’ general manager is intimately familiar with the organization’s practices after spending over 14 years there winning two world championships during that tenure.

So in other words he would know everything there is to know about Jensen from his connections to the Ravens.

According to Spotrac’s market value projections, Jensen is expected to land a deal that pays him $10 million annually on a new multi-year contract. That figure would rank ninth among the highest-paid centers in the NFL.

Ripple Effects Galore

If the Jets added the talented center to their roster that would likely spell the end for Connor McGovern.

Gang Green could save $8.6 million by moving on with minimal dead cap, although whether or not they should choose to do so has been a point of contention on social media.

Both players have been incredibly durable throughout their NFL careers.

Jensen hasn’t missed a game since 2016 making him 81-for-81 during that stretch. While McGovern has only missed two games over the last four years, going 63-for-65.

If the Jets are hellbent on adding Jensen this offseason, one practical move could be kicking McGovern to right guard where he has prior experience from his time with the Denver Broncos.

Another potential maneuver could be requesting a pay cut as the veteran heads into the last year of his deal that expires after the 2022 season.

Although it is worth noting that the Jets had this same exact option last year to hit the eject button on McGovern at center and they passed.

They could’ve added a variety of options from Corey Linsley to Creed Humphrey, but they believed in the player and the scheme that he would bounce back and he did.

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