1. Which offensive linemen will the NY Jets bring back in 2022?
The Jets' offensive line has exceeded expectations in 2021, especially given that they've been without Mekhi Becton for essentially the entirety of the season. But while the unit has performed rather well this year, it's unclear what the future holds.
In reality, only two of the five starting spots are set in stone for 2022. Becton will return as a starter while Alijah Vera-Tucker will likely start alongside him at left guard. The remaining three spots could theoretically see some turnover.
Center Connor McGovern has played better than most Jets fans will give him credit for in 2021, but the Jets could technically save nearly $9 million by cutting him in the offseason if they wanted to.
The same is true for George Fant who has put together the best season of his career starting in place of Becton at left tackle. But again, with Becton returning, the Jets could save $9.65 million by cutting ties with him. It remains a possibility.
There's also Morgan Moses who has performed admirably at right tackle all year. Moses is set to be a free agent but has proven to be a reliable stop-gap and could be brought back in 2022.
Right guard remains a question mark too. It's unlikely that Greg Van Roten is back next season, at least not as a starter. The Jet could cut him and save $3.5 million with $0 in dead cap. But what about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif?
The likes of McGovern, Fant, Moses, and Duvernay-Tardif will each look to make their case to return as starters in 2022. The Jets won't replace all of them, but it's highly unlikely that all four are with the team next season, at least certainly not as starters.