The Jets appear to have an opening on their coaching staff, where they see a defensive position coach depart for a job elsewhere in the league.
Assistant defensive backs coach Steve Jackson is leaving New York to become the Cincinnati Bengals' cornerbacks coach, according to a Sunday evening report from Brian Costello of the New York Post.
The 50-year-old Jackson spent the past two years with the Jets, coming over to New York after serving as the Tennessee Titans' safeties coach from 2016-17.
After former Jets head coach Todd Bowles (2015-18) was fired, successor Adam Gase retained Jackson for the 2019 season. On Jackson's coaching bio for the Jets, he is credited for his assistance in developing safety Jamal Adams into a Pro Bowl pick in 2018.
Adams turned in another Pro Bowl season in 2019, setting career-high numbers with six sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 13 quarterback hits while adding an interception, two forced fumbles and a pair of defensive touchdowns through 14 games.
Prior to the Jets and Titans, Jackson was the Washington Redskins' safeties coach from 2004-11. He started his coaching career shortly after transitioning out of playing, spending 1991-99 as a cornerback with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.
The Jets still have passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, another Bowles holdover, leading the charge in the secondary. Wilson has been with the Jets since the 2017 season, adding the passing game coordinator title in 2019.