Justin Simmons to New York? 5 Jets Who Could Be Up for Contract Restructures and Potential Free Agent Fits

Despite a busy offseason, the New York Jets still have plenty of holes on their roster and ways to increase their overall cap space.

The New York Jets have been one of the true “winners” of the 2024 NFL offseason.

While winning an offseason on paper means nothing when it comes to actually playing on Sundays, New York has improved the talent at high-value positions. All of this is to ensure that the Jets end their current 13-year playoff drought.

As strong an offseason Gang Green had, there are still ways they can improve their overall unit with some bargain shopping in free agency. Today, we’ll go over how exactly New York can get that done, and what it would have to do first.

5 Jets Who Could Get Restructured Contracts

Jets general manager Joe Douglas moved quickly and decisively this offseason to address needs along the offensive line and receiving room this year.

He isn’t done, though.

With under $10 million in cap space currently, New York only has enough space to sign its 2024 rookie class. The Jets could add more shortly, should they choose to restructure some of their current contracts.

Quinnen Williams

A year after signing the All-Pro defensive tackle to one of the richest at his position, the Jets are in a spot to give Quinnen Williams a lower cap hit this year and extend his void years to help the team out.

According to Spotrac, New York can add close to $10 million in cap space by altering Williams’ deal. That would not only be plenty to sign the current NFL Draft class but also add some additional free agents as well.

Quincy Williams

Quinnen’s older brother, Quincy Williams, could also be in line for a restructured deal. Quincy’s’ $6 million base salary is a great value for an All-Pro linebacker who is only 27 years old. Should Douglas look to add more years to Quincy’s contract, it could lower his cap hit this season while setting the team up for a chance to add more talent to the roster.

D.J. Reed

D.J. Reed is set to be a free agent next season. While slot corner Michael Carter II and Sauce Gardner’s contract extensions are expected to be the focus next offseason, New York could get ahead of all that by offering Reed a new deal that lowers his cap hit for 2024.

Tyler Conklin

Like Reed, Tyler Conklin is entering the final year of his contract with New York. The Jets could give him a new deal that would lower his current $6 million base salary.

Conklin is a solid leader and could be in for a big year with Aaron Rodgers back.

Haason Reddick

Haason Reddick’s current contract is a big question for Douglas. The All-Pro edge rusher is making a base salary of $14 million but wants a raise and a longer deal (he becomes a free agent after this season).

New York is going to have to get creative with Reddick’s contract. They could offer a long-term deal that allows him to get bonus money now and then immediately lower his cap hit further for the new season while keeping him in Florham Park for the next few years.

Potential Free Agent Targets

Justin Simmons

Somehow, Justin Simmons is still available in free agency. The All-Pro safety has been a model of consistency over the years, and despite being 30 years old, he hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down.

One of New York’s few weaknesses left on the roster remains at safety, and Simmons could be the final piece to that puzzle.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Do the Jets trust Allen Lazard and their undrafted free agents to provide enough depth in the receiving room?

That’s the question Douglas will have to answer here. Marquez Valdes-Scantling wasn’t very good with the Kansas City Chiefs and could be seen as a player fighting for his NFL career this year. Still, he’s a veteran who would enter as the fifth-best receiver on the roster and won’t exactly see the field much if things go right for New York.

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Plus, MVS has familiarity with quarterback Aaron Rodgers after playing together for four seasons in Green Bay.

Al Woods

New York’s run defense finished 25th in the league last season (yards per game). But before Al Woods went down, this was a group to be feared along the interior.

While it remains unlikely that the Jets would be interested in any more interior help in free agency, it’s not that far-fetched to see the team bring someone back who could help against the run.

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