The Jets are nearing a deal with free agent OT Morgan Moses, and assuming the two sides ultimately agree to terms, fellow tackle Chuma Edoga could be looking for a new employer. Per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, Edoga’s place on New York’s roster is tenuous, and a Moses signing might force him off the squad entirely.
Edoga was part of former GM Mike Maccagnan‘s final draft class in 2019, so the current regime has no real attachment to him. The USC product was named the Jets’ starting right tackle a few weeks into his rookie campaign, and he ultimately started eight games before succumbing to a season-ending MCL injury. New York then added George Fant in free agency last year and selected Mekhi Becton with the No. 11 overall pick of the 2020 draft, so Edoga only saw action on the offensive side of the ball in six games in 2020, including four starts (he lined up exclusively as a special-teamer over the last four weeks of the season).
Pro Football Focus gave him a 61.3 overall grade for his 2020 performance, which would have been near the bottom of the league if he had enough snaps to qualify. So, all things considered, it’s not terribly surprising to learn that he is on the roster bubble. Moses and Becton would represent a solid tackle tandem in support of rookie QB Zach Wilson, and Fant looks a lot better as a swing tackle than he does as a starting option.
However, Edoga was a third-round draft choice not too long ago, and he was generating some interest at last year’s trade deadline. If he is cut, there will be at least a few clubs interested in acquiring him.
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