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Jets linked to former Super Bowl MVP in free agency

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If you’re trying to speculate which NFL free agents might land, Connective Tissue is a good place to study.

The National Football League is a fraternity and people who know each other are more likely to work together. That’s the premise behind the latest link between a talented player available and the New York Jets.

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Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox recently highlighted the NFL’s most underrated free agents still available ahead of training camp.

For each player, he also listed some possible matches with NFL teams, including linebacker Malcolm Smith for the green-whites.

“The New York Jets should also kick Smith in the hoops. Head coach Robert Saleh spent two years with Smith as defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Smith did not play in 2017 due to a chest tear, but did make 12 appearances the following season.

Smith could be a huge asset as a depth player and veteran leader. The Jets could certainly use some help. Last season, New York was bottom in both yards and points allowed.”

The accomplished veteran turned 33 earlier this month and is looking for a new home in the NFL in 2022.

Smith’s claim to fame is winning the Super Bowl 48 MVP award as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in a stunning 43-8 excitement.

The stifling Seahawks defense led by Smith just completely ended one of the best offenses in NFL history led by Peyton Manning.

Unfortunately, Smith has bounced around the league since that moment. He has played for six different organizations including the Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys and most recently the Cleveland Browns.

The Jets will add a linebacker, but the real question is who will that be?

They’ve been flirting with Kwon Alexander for months, but now it’s a pre-camp starship. It seems as if the hesitation at this point is purely financially driven.

NFL analyst and former player Leger Douzable said, that General manager Joe Douglas has a contract offer for him “on the table,” but it’s a take-it-or-leave situation.

The Jets have seemingly drawn their line in the sand and are either unwilling to go beyond it or don’t think anyone in the NFL can match.

Despite the great interest on both sides, we have to see if they can come to an agreement.

If that doesn’t materialize, Smith would make a lot of sense as a consolation prize.

As a part-time player last season, Smith played 43 percent of snaps and was an effective player:

With the Jets, he would fill a similar role as a rotational guy and someone who can step on the plate in the event of an injury. Smith wouldn’t need to be a superhero for the Jets, but more of a dependable sidekick who can get involved in situational football.

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The Jets have seemingly drawn their line in the sand and are either unwilling to go beyond it or don’t think anyone in the NFL can match.

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