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Report: Willie Colon won't be back for Jets; Clint Boling one of their targets

The New York Jets must upgrade their offensive line in free agency, and they could turn to a Bengals free agent to do so.

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The Jets appear to be one of potentially several teams the Bengals have to fight off to keep Clint Boling.

According to Metro New York, the Jets are set to move on from veteran guard Willie Colon, who ranked 66th out of 78 qualified guards via Pro Football Focus this past season. It's easy to see why New York wants an upgrade at guard, and the article mentions Boling as a potential target to replace Colon.

As for possible replacements, the source said that the Jets will actively pursue some of the bigger names in free agency at guard, including Clint Boling of the Cincinnati Bengals and James Carpenter of the Seattle Seahawks emerging as names the Jets will pursue when free agency opens on Mar. 10.

The Jets also appear interested in Denver Broncos offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, who can play guard or tackle and has an "ideal skill-set" for new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's offense.

As of now, the Jets are one of the few teams projected to have more cap space than the Bengals, per Over the Cap. New York is sitting on around $51.4 million in available cap space vs. Cincinnati's $40.8 million. If it comes to a bidding war, the Jets will likely pry Boling away from the Bengals.