Could argue vet FA had better chance to win with Jets

Some might be surprised the player chose this team over the Jets in free agency considering this factor . . .

The Jets were interested in signing free-agent defensive tackle Calais Campbell in free agency, but he signed with the Atlanta Falcons instead.

Campbell could have helped the Jets fill their major need to land a massive run-defender to play next to Quinnen Williams.

Some are probably wondering why the 6-time Pro Bowler signed with Atlanta over the Jets. Think about it. With all respect to QB Desmond Ridder, if you are a 36-year-old player, who hasn’t won a championship yet, wouldn’t you pick the Jets and Rodgers (their likely QB this year) over the Falcons and Ridder?

This isn’t to say the Jets will win a Super Bowl if they land Rodgers, but most would argue they give a veteran player a better chance to get a ring than Ridder at this point.

Perhaps it was the money. The Falcons gave Campbell¬†a one-year deal for $7 million fully guaranteed. Maybe the Jets weren’t willing to go that high for a player who has logged 15 seasons in the NFL and will turn 37 in September.

But now with Campbell off the market, the Jets have turned their attention to veteran DT Al Woods (6-3, 330) in an attempt to fill this big need that isn’t talked about enough, a massive run-stuffing defensive tackle. The Jets got gashed too much up the middle last year, especially during their six-game losing streak to end the season

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