Super Bowl LIV is finally here, as the Chiefs and 49ers square off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday night to see who will hoist the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the night.
Both squads have their stars. Patrick Mahomes leads a stacked offense that includes Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce as his weapons. But they're going to have to face off against Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa and the rest of the NFL's No. 2 defense. And, of course, you can't sleep on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and the rest of that Niners offense that ran all over the Packers two weeks ago.
But, for Jets fans, it's a chance to keep your eye on a few players that are set to enter free agency once this game is over.
The Jets have many holes to fill this offseason, and with a little less than $50 million in cap space at the moment according to OverTheCap.com, GM Joe Douglas should be watching this game closely to see who could be a good fit for his roster next season.
So, as you get your beer and wings all set before the big game, here's a few names to look out for at kickoff:
Chiefs DE/DT Chris Jones
Plain and simple: Jones is going to see a large payday.
The 25-year-old recorded 15.5 sacks in 2018, and followed it up this season with nine after totaling four in his last five games. Jones may have switched to defensive tackle this season, but he can play virtually anywhere on the line.
Spotrac has his market value set around $19.2 million, which the Jets can afford. And with Steve McLendon's deal up next season, there will be a hole in that 3-4 scheme. Why not let Jones be the man to slide right in next to Quinnen Williams and Henry Anderson.
Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson
A fourth-rounder by the Chiefs in the 2016 NFL Draft, Robinson had pedestrian numbers in his first three season, but he saw an uptick in targets that led to many realizing just how speedy this 6-foot-1 receiver out of Florida is.
Robinson put his name on the map in Week 2 when he went for 172 yards on six catches with two touchdowns. That was a great chunk of his 449 yards on the season, but he still managed to haul in 32 receptions on his way to setting new career highs.
Robby Anderson is entering free agency, too, and if the price tag he wants doesn't match up in the Jets' mind, Robinson could be an option to fill that gap. It'd be a risk, but it shouldn't cost too much. The Jets also have the option of drafting a top receiver at No. 11 overall.
49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders
Staying in the receiver market, Sanders proved to everyone he wasnt done after getting moved from the Broncos to the Niners, where he became one of Jimmy G's favorite targets in the passing game.
Sanders will be entering his 10th year in the NFL next season, and could have another Super Bowl ring on his hand as well. He may not be the 1,000-yard receiver he used to be, but as we said, the Jets could draft that No. 1 option for Sam Darnold. Sanders would be a great compliment on the outside with Jamison Crowder still manning the slot.
Sanders had 502 yards when he moved to San Fran with three touchdowns. Overall, he had 869 yards on 66 catches for five touchdowns this season.
Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland
The Jets need help in their secondary room, with Trumaine Johnson being fazed out of his top cornerback role in Gregg Williams' system. That leaves Darryl Roberts as your top man with Arthur Maulet and Bless Austin behind him. Brian Poole was a good free agent signee, but he plays primarily in the slot.
So it would make sense to target a veteran cornerback.
Breeland has put together a fine first season with the Chiefs, totaling 48 tackles, two fumble recoveries with one going back for a touchdown, eight passes defended, and two interceptions over 16 regular-season games.
He has only allowed one touchdown this season, and those young corners could use six years of NFL experience around them to balance things out.
Chiefs CB Kendall Fuller
If Douglas does want to keep his secondary young, Fuller could certainly be an option.
He turns 25 in a few days and spent his 2018 season starting exclusively for Kansas City wherever they needed him. He totaled 82 tackles, 12 passes defended, two interceptions and one forced fumble that season, as teams decided to pick on him.
Fuller should be a cheaper option if Douglas is looking to save some money to spend elsewhere.