New York Jets Address Key Need; Sign Starting Center

After ending the season not expected to re-sign with the New York Jets, and then reports coming out in March that the Buffalo Bills were signing him to a three-year deal, offensive lineman Connor McGovern is indeed returning to the Jets.

The New York Jets have made a crucial move to address their needs by re-signing their starting center, Connor McGovern.

McGovern played a critical role in the team's offense last season, starting in all 17 games and being the only player on the team to take every offensive snap, totaling 1,114 snaps.

His return means that the Jets have four of their five primary starters from last season back, including guards Laken Tomlinson and Alijah Vera-Tucker, and left tackle Duane Brown.

Despite the Jets' interest in former Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones, they ultimately opted to retain McGovern, who was expected to receive more lucrative offers in the market but did not.

This move provides the Jets with a dependable veteran option, but it does not necessarily preclude them from selecting a center in the upcoming draft. Drafting a young player would allow them to develop their skills while McGovern remains the starter.

With a reliable center anchoring the offensive line, the team can focus on other areas of need in the upcoming draft, such as offensive tackle or quarterback.

This marks McGovern's fourth season with the Jets after joining the team in 2020, having previously played three seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Overall, McGovern's return to the Jets is great news for the team and their fans. His consistency and reliability on the field will be a significant asset to the team's success in the upcoming season. Photo Credit:  Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports