Jets RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has multiple careers to think about this offseason

By Tyler Greenawalt

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will have a big decision to make soon.

The Jets right guard, an impending free agent, needs some clarity on his medical career before he can decide on his next football steps.

“Honestly, everything is on the table right now,” Duvernay-Tardif said on Sunday, per SNY. “I think for me, it’s important also to look at my future as a physician. There’s some deadline, there’s some issue that I got to work out with the medical faculty, with the licensing back home in Canada, to make sure I’m not having to restart that eight-year process that I went through.

“So I’m going to get those answers and then I’ll start looking at my options from a football perspective.”

Duvernay-Tardif, who has a doctorate in medicine from McGill University, spent the 2020 season in Canada helping medical workers fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He was the first player to opt-out of the 2020 season but returned in 2021 before the Jets traded for him at the deadline.

The Jets upgraded their offensive line after acquiring Duvernay-Tardif from the Chiefs for TE Daniel Brown, where he quickly took over for incumbent starter Greg Van Roten. The 30-year-old guard started the final six games of the season and helped keep Zach Wilson upright (with the exception of Sunday’s finale against the Bills).

If Duvernay-Tardif does return to football, the Jets would likely be one of his top suitors. New York desperately needs help on the right side of the offensive line and Duvernay-Tardif is a serviceable option that won’t cost too much to sign.


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