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The New York Jets are expected to make a run at safety Tony Jefferson when free agency starts March 9, sources told Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media.

Jefferson spent two seasons under Todd Bowles when the Jets head coach was the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator from 2013-14.

The 25-year-old produced an impressive 2016 season, excelling against the run. He is expected to be one of the most in-demand defensive free agents, especially after several big names were tagged or re-signed recently.

Former first-round pick Calvin Pryor suited up at strong safety for the Jets last season, but performed poorly, which is likely why New York is looking for a significant upgrade in free agency.