Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Jets hand massive guaranteed cash to 20.5 sack Defender: report

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The New York Jets cashed in their entire fortune to walk away with seven players after the 2022 NFL draft.

Although her work with the undrafted free agency game in full bloom is far from over. In doing so, Gang Green proved they were willing to put their money into the bidding war early on.

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Many agents prefer that their clients not be drafted too late on day three of the NFL draft so they can control the narrative.

During the draft, power rests in the hands of the teams that have the picks, but once the clock hits zero, power shifts to the players.

Now suddenly it’s hunting season with a pool of prospects for interested NFL teams to bid on.

They had a unique advantage for the Jets as their last pick came in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL draft. In other words, they had extra time to set their undrafted free agent board while other teams were still making selections.

They used their time wisely when they signed former Middle Tennessee State linebacker DQ Thomas. To land him you had to endow pay out over $130,000 in guaranteed money, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Thomas played for the Blue Raiders for five years and racked up some ridiculous numbers:

Those numbers would only be impressive on the surface, but when you consider he’s now the all-time leader in MTSU history for TFLs and third all-time sacked, it’s even more striking.

The 6-foot-1, 226-pound defender has some intriguing qualities that the Jets also clearly noticed.

Thomas ran a 4.65 40-yard dash and has a span of 79 5/8. Head coach Robert Saleh has proven to be type versus performance when picking his linebackers.

DQ actually brings both elements to the table. With two of the starting spots occupied by CJ Mosley and Quincy Williams, there’s still plenty of room to crack the linebacker rotation.

Jets analyst David Wyatt-Hupton compared his sporting score numbers to those of Kwon Alexander.

This off-season Gang Green hasn’t made any significant additions to the position, leaving the door wide open for someone like Thomas to capitalize on it.

Saleh said, speaking to senior reporter Eric Allen after the draft, “A lot of unconscripted free agents make it.”

A big reason to be optimistic about DQ making the final 53-man list is the amount of guaranteed money they gave him. You don’t throw that much money around unless you have a clear and obvious vision for him in your defense.

The talented linebacker will get his first crack make an impression later this week at the Rookie Minicamp, which begins Friday, May 6th and continues throughout the weekend.

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This off-season Gang Green hasn’t made any significant additions to the position, leaving the door wide open for someone like Thomas to capitalize on it.

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