Which three NY Jets players could make a case as future members of the Hall of Fame?
But while the roster certainly has seen better days, there are still a few notable members of the team who will leave behind incredible legacies in the NFL when all is set and done.
Perhaps Hall of Fame legacies.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently went through each NFL team’s roster and attempted to project the players who might eventually be enshrined in Canton.
From locks like Tom Brady to guys who appear to be on pace like Deshaun Watson, Barnwell ranked players in tiers based on how likely they were to eventually make the Hall of Fame.
In total, three Jets were given nods as potential future Hall of Famers — more than a lot of other teams. Some may find that surprising, but it’s also worth noting that none of these players have received this recognition based on their accomplishments with the Jets.
The first and most obvious candidate that Barnwell listed as veteran running back Frank Gore. While not necessarily a lock, Gore’s incredible longevity makes it very likely that he one day makes it into the Hall of Fame.
The longtime San Francisco 49ers running back was listed in the “Likely” tier (60-99 percent chance) despite the fact that he was never named first-team All-Pro nor did he ever win a Super Bowl.
But being the third leading rushing in NFL history has to count for something and few have accomplished what Gore has been able to do now at the age of 37.
What other NY Jets players made Barnwell’s list?
Unfortunately, both of their cases have been severely diminished since joining the Jets with Bell putting together the worst year of his career in 2019 after establishing himself as the best back in football.
Bell’s two All-Pro nods speak for themselves, but unless things turn around in a big way, he’ll likely only be remembered for his impressive stint in Pittsburgh.
As for Mosley, he looked well on his way to establishing a Hall of Fame career making the Pro Bowl in four of his first five seasons. However, a groin injury forced him to miss essentially all of the 2019 season and his decision to opt-out in 2020 costs him another year of action.
There’s still time for him to turn things around at age 28, but the Hall of Fame legacy he seemed to be building in Baltimore has come to a screeching halt in New York.
It remains to be seen if any other current Jets players will join Gore in Canton one day. But here’s to hoping that more homegrown talent make this list in the coming years.