3 NY Jets free agents who could be forced into retirement

These three Jets might retire this offseason

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2. Randall Cobb, WR, NY Jets

Randall Cobb has enjoyed a long and successful NFL career that spans 13 seasons — 11 of which he was catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. Well, at least that was Cobb's plan when he signed with the Jets last offseason.

Cobb was expected to be a bottom-of-the-roster contributor. He was on the team due to his connections to both Rodgers and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, although he was seen as little more than a mentor going into the summer.

It quickly became apparent that the Jets had bigger plans for Cobb. He began the year as the team's starting slot receiver, and he remained in that role through the first six weeks of the season.

Cobb played a total of 173 offensive snaps through the first six games of the year, and he had just three catches for 20 yards to show for it. His lack of production wasn't just a result of Rodgers' injury, either.

In total, Cobb played 210 snaps for the Jets in 2023, finishing the year with just five catches for 39 yards. He was statistically the least productive wide receiver in football last season.

Cobb is once again a free agent this offseason, and given his abysmal production in 2023 and the fact that he'll be 34 years old by the time Week 1 rolls around, it's probably time for him to hang up the cleats.

You can never count out Cobb returning as long as Rodgers is the Jets' quarterback, but in an ideal scenario, there just wouldn't be a role for him on the team. Cobb could and should retire this offseason.