The New York Jets have been pegged as a team likely to mine the open market for skill-position upgrades on offense. They're also looking to improve up front.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the team plans to "make a play" for Kansas City Chiefs guard Jon Asamoah when the NFL's three-day negotiating window cracks opens Saturday.
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Asamoah enters free agency as our No. 2 guard after starting 41 games for the Chiefs over the past four seasons. He was benched for Geoff Schwartz down the stretch last year, but the 25-year-old blocker has proved himself to be a solid starter at the pro level.
With Willie Colon set to hit the open market, the Jets are thin inside with just Brian Winters and William Campbell under contract at the guard position. If Asamoah slips away, Schwartz, Zane Beadles and Travelle Wharton also loom as potential free-agent targets.
With the team expected to chase after receivers for Geno Smith to throw to, New York is wise to think about upgrading a front five that struggled in pass protection last season while finishing as the second-worst group of run-blockers in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.
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