Laken Tomlinson, NY Jets
Laken Tomlinson, New York Jets, Getty Images

Laken Tomlinson agrees to free-agent deal with New York Jets

Joe Douglas and the New York Jets are on the board.

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Laken Tomlinson (pronounced LAKE-en) has agreed to join New York on a three-year, $40 million deal with $27 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $41.2 million, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Tomlinson, who just turned 30 in February, is a reigning Pro Bowl guard who has never missed in a game in his career due to injury since being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

Tomlinson had a shaky first two years with the Lions before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers, where he played on the same offense that featured current Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur as its passing game coordinator.

In San Francisco, Tomlinson resurrected his career.

Tomlinson started every game at left guard for the 49ers from Week 2 of 2017 through the 2021 NFC Championship Game. He became one of the best zone-blocking offensive guards in the NFL and complemented his run-blocking abilities with solid pass protection.

Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports that the Jets expect Tomlinson to move over to the right guard position in their offense.

Tomlinson started one game at right guard for the Lions in Week 6 of the 2016 season, but every other start of his career came on the left side. Hughes’ report indicates that the Jets have “no worry” about Tomlinson’s ability to switch sides.

With the addition of Tomlinson, the Jets’ projected starting offensive line now appears as follows:

  • LT: Mekhi Becton/George Fant
  • LG: Alijah Vera-Tucker
  • C: Connor McGovern
  • RG: Laken Tomlinson
  • RT: Mekhi Becton/George Fant

Featuring two first-round picks and three high-priced veteran free-agent acquisitions who have proven to be top-half starters at their respective positions, the Jets have built an offensive line that has a very exciting ceiling.

Audio Version available to members only: Learn more here

Download Jet X Mobile on the App Store and Google Play.

Want More NY Jets News & Jets X-Factor Content?

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Google/Android (Google Play) device.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed to stay up to date with the New York Jets.

Follow us on Twitter @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Join the official Jets Discord community to connect with likeminded fans.

Michael Nania is one of the best analytical New York Jets minds in the world, combining his statistical expertise with game film to add proper context to the data. Nania scrapes every corner, ensuring you know all there is to know about everyone from the QB to the long snapper. Nania's Numbers, Nania's QB Grades, and Nania's All-22 give fans a deeper and more well-rounded dive into the Jets than anyone else can offer. Email: michael.nania[at]jetsxfactor.com - Twitter: @Michael_Nania
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
10 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
BigJetsFan1
BigJetsFan1
6 months ago

There is joy in Jet land! I can’t imagine how happy Zach is today. What a line! Let’s draft Zion in the second round now. He is a great kid. Hopefully we can get Mc Bride in the second too. Lets get a WR with 10 and hopefully trade down with the fourth.
Michael Nania, what is your take on a free agent running back?

DHB
DHB
6 months ago
Reply to  Michael Nania

Where did you rate Tomlinson against the other guards available in FA?

DHB
DHB
6 months ago
Reply to  DHB

I just heard the podcast – you had Tomlinson and Daniels in tier 1. I tend to lean towards younger players in FA although there’s been some suggestion that the Jets may go for older leadership types this time so Tomlinson makes sense in that respect. I don’t know what kind of leadership skills he brings though.

Jets71
Jets71
6 months ago

Well, this is the guy we wanted. It allows the Jets to look at other positions with pick 4 or trade it. They could still draft an OL at some point, or maybe trade back in for someone like Linderbaum if they feel he’s “the guy” at Center. Would still like that WR with their 1st or 2nd pick.

dudizt
dudizt
6 months ago
Reply to  Jets71

I preferred James Daniels but still happy. He was my second choice, but glad we got one of the two. Be interested to see what he signs for.

JetOrange
JetOrange
6 months ago
Reply to  dudizt

Experience in the system and both LaFleur & Benton Know him. McGovern is now surrounded by two good Offensive Guards

Jets71
Jets71
6 months ago
Reply to  JetOrange

I know nothing of course but I have a sense they are trying to move on from McGovern.

JetOrange
JetOrange
6 months ago
Reply to  Jets71

Possibly, Bozeman is still out there. McGovern has no guaranteed money left, Douglas May want long term consistency on this line for Zach. Connor needs to restructure and extend or he will be replaced