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4 easiest roster decisions for the NY Jets this offseason

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4. The NY Jets will sign at least one starting safety

This one is rather broad but fitting nonetheless. Few positions are going to need as significant of an overhaul this season as the safety position.

The Jets are realistically looking at two new starting safeties in 2022 after an injury-plagued 2021 season. The hope was that the duo of Marcus Maye and Lamarcus Joyner could provide stability in the Jets' secondary this past season.

Unfortunately, Joyner was injured just a few players into his Jets career and ruled out for the season shortly thereafter while Maye played just six games before tearing his Achilles.

Both starting safeties suffered season-ending injuries less than two months into the year. That forced the Jets to turn to inexperienced young players and practice-squad-level veterans for most of the 2021 season.

The likes of Elijah Riley, Ashtyn Davis, Will Parks, and Jason Pinnock (among others) all started games at safety for the Jets in 2021. It's safe to say the Jets are looking to upgrade in a big way this offseason.

While it's still possible Maye or Joyner could return, the more likely scenario is that the Jets move on from both. The free-agent market is the first place the Jets will turn to as they look to reshape their defensive backfield.

Whether a high-profile name like Marcus Williams or a lesser-known player like Jordan Whitehead, expect the Jets to sign at least one starting safety in free agency.

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