3 Worst Offseason Moves From the Patriots' AFC East Rivals

The AFC East rivals had very busy offseasons as they all look to get back to the postseason in 2024. Some of their moves were more questionable than others.

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Jets Signing G John Simpson

The Jets generally had a successful offseason, bringing in stars like Haason Reddick, Tyron Smith, and Mike Williams. If they get a fully healthy season from Aaron Rodgers, they will almost certainly be much better than last season.

This doesn't mean, however, that they had a perfect free agency. Considering that one of their top priorities this offseason was to strengthen the offensive line to protect Rodgers, they could have done better. Laken Tomlinson, who was their starting left guard for the past two seasons, will no longer be in New York and the Jets replaced him with John Simpson from the Baltimore Ravens.

Instead of spending their cap space on a proven high-level offensive lineman, Joe Douglas opted to go for a cheaper, less accomplished option. Robert Hunt and Jonah Jackson were both available in free agency but the Jets signed Simpson to a two-year, $18 million contract after the former fourth-round pick had his best season of his four-year career. Even then, he only had a 56.9 run block and 61.8 pass block grades from PFF.

Simpson was previously drafted by the Raiders and had three injury-riddled seasons before Baltimore took a flyer on him last season. If he can continue staying healthy, he could be a decent option there, but the Jets needed a more surefire addition to their offensive line to help keep Rodgers upright.