Most people who cover the NFL will say that left or right tackle (depending on the throwing hand of the quarterback) is the most important position — outside of the quarterback. Is it really, though? Sure, the quarterback’s blind side needs to be protected, but center is even more important, and the New York Jets need to address the position at some point during the upcoming offseason.
The offensive line for the New York Jets has had its ups and downs during the 2021 season. The rocky and uneven season can be mainly attributed to the center position.
You can say what you want about Connor McGovern‘s individual performance all you want (and many have), but there has been constant miscommunication, as well as a sea of missed assignments, on the Jets’ offensive line, and that starts with the center.
McGovern carries a $10 million cap hit in 2022, and cutting him would result in incoming savings of $9 million. The inconsistent play of the line falls on McGovern, and they need to replace him with a free agent or draft pick.