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Jets ‘evil wanted’ hated division rival’s star player: report

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The New York Jets have played fairly safely during General Manager Joe Douglas’ tenure so far.

He’s mitigated the risk and kept things pretty close to the slate. While that has delivered ample cap space and tons of draft picks, it hasn’t exactly delivered in the win column so far.

That narrative is expected to change this upcoming off-season. Though an insider says the Jets came so close to making a blockbuster move over the past year, they’ve been left at the altar.

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It was no secret that the Jets were looking to improve tight end position last year, and they had their eye on former Tennessee Titans stud Jonnu Smith.

The Athletic’s Connor Hughes says the Jets “desperately” wanted the 26-year-old budding star and made him “a compelling offer” but instead opted to join the hated New England Patriots.

The talented tight end signed a record-breaking four-year, $50 million deal and carried over $32 million in total guarantees.

While he’s in the playoffs with the Pats and has had far better team success than the low Jets who hold a top-five pick, Smith hasn’t found individual fame this season.

In 16 games played, he registered just 28 catches for 294 yards and a lone touchdown. Those were some of his worst career numbers to date.

For most of the season he played second fiddle to another tight end of the squad who was signed to Hunter Henry in the last offseason.

The veteran had career-high nine touchdown grabs and 50 receptions and over 603 receiving yards in 2021.

The Jets, meanwhile, switched to some lower options as they swung and missed Smith. Fast forward a year later and the Jets will once again be looking for an answer in the tight end position.

One wonders does Smith have any regrets picking the Patriots? While we haven’t invented time travel yet, worrying about these issues no longer makes sense. It’s time to look to the future.

How can the Jets finally solve the tight-end void in 2022?

Well, Hughes offered some possible answers in his column for The Athletic.

He mentioned two aging veterans who may be of interest to the Jets. One that we’ve heard of quite a bit from their time together in Philadelphia (Zach Ertz) due to the obvious Douglas connection.

While the potential Zach-to-Zach connection sounds interesting and could probably sell a few t-shirts, he’s 31 and likely wants to stay with a Super Bowl contender.

Although the other veteran named by Hughes could be an interesting patch to hold things down for the next few seasons. Jared Cook of the Los Angeles Chargers is 34, will be 35 at the start of the 2022 season, but continues to produce at a high level.

He has played for seven different NFL franchises over the past 13 years and has shown no signs of slowing down. Here are Cook’s numbers for the past four years:

Not bad for an old man.

It would be fitting for the green-whites to double-dip at the position this offseason. Add a solid veteran in free agency, then have him pursued with a younger, longer-term option in the 2022 NFL draft.

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Well, Hughes offered some possible answers in his column for The Athletic.

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