Home | Articles | News | New York Jets re-sign center Connor McGovern

New York Jets re-sign center Connor McGovern

Connor McGovern, NY Jets, Contract, PFF
Connor McGovern, New York Jets, Getty Images

New York Jets fill a massive hole by bringing back Connor McGovern

The New York Jets have re-signed one of their key free agents, bringing back Connor McGovern.

McGovern has been mostly strong for the Jets since signing his original three-year contract. He started out rough, as his first eight weeks with the team in 2020 saw him earn a 48.3 grade from PFF that ranked fourth-worst among qualified centers. However, he quickly turned it around, as from Weeks 9-17, he had a 68.7 grade, placing eighth-best among centers. He’d follow that up in 2021 with a 75.9 grade, ninth among centers, and in 2022 with a 69.6 grade, 11th among centers.

McGovern is best known for his athleticism and run blocking. Over the last two seasons, he’s ranked seventh (2021) and 10th (2022) among centers in PFF’s run-blocking grade. That clearly appealed to the Jets coaching staff as the team looks to build around a west coast system that relies heavily on the running game, even with Aaron Rodgers potentially coming to town.

Of course, McGovern isn’t without his warts. His pass blocking has been spotty, to say the least. In 2022, McGovern allowed five sacks, third-most among centers, and 24 pressures, sixth-most among centers. McGovern has allowed 15 sacks since joining the Jets, leading all centers over the past three seasons.

While the terms of the deal are unknown at this time, it’s likely that this is a short-term deal that will allow McGovern to hit the free agent market again soon. That means the Jets will likely be on the lookout for another center in the near future. As such, there’s still a chance they select a center at some point in this week’s draft.

While it now seems less likely they will use a second-round pick on one of the top centers in the class, like Joe Tippmann or John Michael Schmitz, the Jets could still draft a center later on.

Arkansas’ Ricky Stromberg has a 9.75 RAS and is considered a future starter by many in the draft community, though he’s knocked for his size. He could be a fit in the fourth round. There’s also Michigan’s Olusegun Oluwatimi, who is a stronger pass blocker due to his elite play strength, but he is a lesser athlete and has limitations in the run game. He’s also a potential fit on Day 3.

So, while McGovern may be the Jets’ answer at center for this year, don’t be shocked if they look to grab his future replacement later this week.

Want More Jet X?

Subscribe to become a Jet X Member to unlock every piece of Jets X-Factor content (film breakdowns, analytics, Sabo with the Jets, etc.), get audio versions of each article, receive the ability to comment within our community, and experience an ad-free platform experience.

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

Sign up for Jet X Daily, our daily newsletter that's delivered to your inbox every morning at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed and/or find us on Apple News to stay updated with the New York Jets.

Follow us on X (Formerly 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.

Related Articles

About the Author

More From Author


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago

Good, according to a Jets xfactor article from some time ago, McGovern has been steadily improving since the Jets first signed him, so he should be very solid as he enters his prime years as a center. Now I want to see them re-sign Kwon Alexander.

Harlan Lachman
Harlan Lachman
1 year ago


Gary Berman
1 year ago
Reply to  Harlan Lachman

That’s why.