4 easiest roster decisions for the NY Jets this offseason

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1. The NY Jets will release Ryan Griffin

Building off the last entry, one player who's pretty much guaranteed to be released this offseason is tight end Ryan Griffin. Griffin is one of a number of players on the Jets' roster who could find themselves as cap casualties.

But none are more likely to be cut than Griffin.

The 32-year-old has spent the last three seasons in New York serving as little more than a replacement-level tight end. He showed some promise in 2019 hauling in 34 catches for 320 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

That was enough to earn him a three-year, $10.8 million extension before the season even ended. However, that extension doesn't look like the wisest of Joe Douglas' roster moves in hindsight.

Griffin has managed just 36 catches over the last two seasons, with 27 of them coming this past year. He's been mostly a liability as a blocker and pretty much a nonfactor in the passing game.

The Jets can move on from Griffin's $3.21 million salary in 2022 with $0 in dead cap space. Expect them to do just that.

We could have considered others such as Greg Van Roten or even Sheldon Rankins, but Griffin is probably the only one of the three who's guaranteed to be released.

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Van Roten's salary is reasonable for a backup while Rankins was a contributor in 2021. Griffin, on the other hand, is as good as gone.