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Jets are expected to land the former $121 million Steelers starting defenseman

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One of the biggest areas the New York Jets will have to deal with in 2022 is their defense.

Finishing 32nd in virtually every major defensive category last season was abysmal by any definition of the word.

Luckily, they have plenty of opportunities to add real talent to this unit this offseason. One analyst predicted they would get a lot of help on the back end of their defense.

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Jets content analyst and creator Matt O’Leary made his attempt to fix Gang Green via his YouTube channel and predicted how the entire offseason would go.

During his calculations, O’Leary predicted the Jets would land the Pittsburgh Steelers starting cornerback Joe Haden.

“This is a senior veteran and someone who has stood their ground and that is Haden. I know he’s 33 and I don’t usually like curves over 30, but I remember people banging the drum for Richard Sherman last year and this is kind of the same concept.”

He signed him to a one-year, $6 million contract. Haden has made big bucks during his career, raking in over $121 million in career earnings per Spotrac.

The former Florida product originally entered the league as the No. 7 overall pick in the Cleveland Browns’ 2010 NFL draft.

He developed a reputation as one of the NFL’s liveliest and best cornerbacks, having two Pro Bowl campaigns during his seven years with the Browns. After being fired from Cleveland, Haden found a new home with the rival Steelers and had a fine second act in his career.

All in all, the talented cornerer has put up some really solid numbers in his career, with 29 interceptions, over 155 pass deflections and 615 combined tackles.

You can tell yourself the Jets don’t need older veterans like Haden, they have a great youth movement going on. While the corners certainly played well above expectations in 2021, they need a stabilizing presence on the backend.

The Jets had one of the youngest rosters in the NFL last season, and they would do really well to throw in some veterans to even the unit out.

One of the things that O’Leary really liked about Haden is his skill as a safe tackler, even at this point in his career.

The Jets struggled a lot with tackling, turning solid plays into explosive plays for an opposing offense. According to Statmuse, the Jets had 770 missed tackles this season, which was the third most in the NFL.

That wouldn’t be a long-term solution, Haden is 32 and will be 33 by the start of the 2022 season, but he could be a nice placeholder for this season. The Jets can then follow up on that in the upcoming draft, choosing another young man to be nursed under Haden until they’re ready to fly out of the nest.

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The Jets struggled a lot with tackling, turning solid plays into explosive plays for an opposing offense. According to Statmuse, the Jets had 770 missed tackles this season, which was the third most in the NFL.



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