As the Jets scope the free agent market for players to spend their $100 million in cap space on, Chiefs LB Dee Ford is a very intriguing option. He had a career year with 13 sacks and 55 tackles in 16 games this regular season, and since the Jets need production in their pass rush, Ford would be a top candidate.
The only thing is Ford isn't really looking to test the market.
Speaking at Thursday's AFC Pro Bowl practice, Ford showed his loyalty to the Chiefs when about whether or not he wants to pack his bags and play for a new city next season.
"That's the option," he told NFL.com's Herbie Teope. "Of course, that's home to me. I love the community and I'm just used to that environment, so I'll be blessed to be able to stay. We'll cross that bridge once we get there."
The Chiefs have the option to franchise tag Ford, who made $8.718 million under his fifth-yer option from the rookie contract he signed after being the 23rd overall pick back in 2014. Players obviously want the long-term deal when they can get it, but Ford says he doesn't mind getting franchise tagged if it means staying where he is now.
"That's out of my control," he said. "If it happens, it happens, and I don't mind it."
Ford's production this season, especially in the Divisional Round matchup against the Colts, sparked Jets S Jamal Adams to tweet about wanting to see No. 55 in green and white next season.
"Yeah I like #55 Dee Ford off that end for us! Let's pay him what he wants!" Adams tweeted in a post that has since been deleted.
But there's a high possibility the Jets won't be able to make Adams' dreams come true. Still, there are other options in free agency like Jadaveon Clowney, Demarcus Lawrence, and Frank Clark that could be on New York's radar.