Top 10 free-agent defensive linemen for the New York Jets


The Jets need help in a bunch of places.

They don’t have playmakers. You can argue they don’t have a quarterback. They need receivers. They need a tight end. They don’t have much help in the secondary. Even the offensive line has holes. But there is one part of the game where the Jets most definitely do not need any help: defensive line.

The Jets’ D line helped carry the team all season and seems relatively set for the future. Muhammad Wilkerson is just 24 years old and is already one of the five best defensive players in the NFL. Damon Harrison is 25 and is playing at a Pro Bowl level. And the 23-year-old Sheldon Richardson is fresh off a Rookie of the Year award. This line is going to make an impact for years to come.

Over at the main site, though, Buck Stanton put together his list of the top-10 free-agent defensive linemen. The Jets likely won’t make a run at any of these guys. They have far too many holes to fill to get greedy with the defensive line. Here’s an excerpt from that piece:

10. Jared Allen

Allen is a veteran that can still chase down QBs.

Sure, he’s a little long in the tooth, just a month away from his 32nd birthday. But he can still get after the passer, evidenced by the 11.5 sacks he posted in 2013. That extended Allen’s streak of seasons with double-digit sacks to seven, a remarkable run for a guy who has gotten to the quarterback an impressive 128.5 times during his 10-year career.

9. B.J. Raji

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Raji takes up space… a lot of it.

Teams like the players in the middle of their defensive line to take up space and occupy blockers. That allows outside pass rushers to avoid double teams, while also keeping would-be blockers off of linebackers trying to make tackles in the run game. At 6-foot-2 and 334 pounds, few are better at this assignment than Raji, the former ninth overall draft pick.

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