Former Jets Foley Fatukasi sends powerful message after joining Jaguars

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Former New York Jets defensive lineman, Foley Fatukasi.

The New York Jets not only lost a really good football player, but they also lost one of their top leaders in the club.

Defensive midfielder Foley Fatukasi has signed a monster three-year deal give more $30 million to join the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.

He was recently introduced to the local media in Jacksonville and has some very interesting things to say.

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Yes, those comments are telling

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When Fatukasi spoke on the podium, he was asked, why Jacksonville?

“Oh, really it only happens to someone who believes in me. Someone saw something in me, saw something in my ability. and take a chance for me. I am always grateful to the people who gave me a chance because all you need is just one person who believes in you. That’s what brought me here.”

After hearing those comments, it was hard not to try reading between the lines to see if Foley was shooting indirectly at the Jets.

Of course, Gang Green had a chance against the 6-foot-4, 318-pound big with an overall pick of 180 in round 6 of the 2018 NFL draft.

After first riding the pine tree in his rookie campaign, Fatukasi eventually became a major player and then turned into a key starter in the trenches:

  • 45 games played
  • 115 ball combinations
  • 18 tackles to lose
  • 14 quarterback hits

Despite exceeding the stats, Fatukasi is also a dressing room chief and team captain. His teammates rallied around that issue but eventually the former UConn product broke out of the Jets price range and left in free agency.

In situations like these, it’s the best type of contract for both parties. The Jets would never have paid him that much and Fatukasi, who has just over $4 million in career earnings, has only life-changing money for him and his family.

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Since losing Fatukasi in free agency, the Jets haven’t done much to replace him or even improve the position.

They have re-signed Nathan Shepherd, whose head coach Robert Saleh is a huge fan. Speaking of Saleh, they were able to successfully woo Solomon Thomas, the former No. 3 finalist for the San Francisco 49ers, to the team.

He has some flexibility in defence but is expected to play mostly on the inside while defending with Gang Green.

That still leaves a hole in the middle, and the Jets are expected to address that in the upcoming 2022 NFL draft.

With bigger fish to fry in the EDGE thruster, wide, secure receiver and on the offensive line, it’s unlikely they’ll invest a premium resource on the inner defenses.

That love will likely come on day three of the draft, where the Jets have four picks, two in both the fourth and fifth rounds respectively.

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