4 potential landing spots for Brandon Scherff in 2022 free agency
By Jerry Trotta
3. New York Jets
Not many teams in the NFL can afford to pay a guard between $18-20 million annually, but the New York Jets are one of them. Per Spotrac, Gang Green is projected to have the fifth-most cap space of any team at $53.774 million.
With Zach Wilson showing real promise over the final month of the regular season, the Jets can’t afford to have his sophomore season stunted by poor offensive line play. With Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker serving as preeminent building blocks, fans in the Big Apple have reason for hope.
Behind those studs, though, the Jets have a lot of questions up front.
Scherff’s fit with the Jets isn’t up for debate. The only thing blocking a potential agreement, assuming they’re interested, is GM Joe Douglas, who, if you remember, was reluctant to pay up for Corey Linsley last offseason.
That was a pretty puzzling move from Douglas, whose job security is undoubtedly baked into Wilson’s success, or lack thereof, after he drafted him over Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones at No. 2 overall.
Assuming upgrading the guard position is a top priority for the Jets this offseason, signing Scherff would make all the sense in the world. On top of consistent OL play, he’d bring veteran leadership to an offense that is largely comprised of inexperienced players who are trying to find their footing in the NFL.