4 notable NY Jets who could be cut before the summer

NY Jets, Jordan Whitehead
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1. Jordan Whitehead, S, NY Jets

This is the most notable cut the Jets could theoretically make this summer, and it would likely require a few developments.

When the Jets traded for Chuck Clark this offseason, many assumed that Jordan Whitehead might be shown the door before long. After all, Clark and Whitehead essentially occupy the same role as traditional box safeties.

Instead, the Jets seem content with Clark and Whitehead as their starting safeties in 2023. Perhaps that speaks to the team's belief in Tony Adams assuming more responsibility on defense, or perhaps they're comfortable with Clark and Whitehead's versatility.

Regardless, the Jets should still be in the market for more of a traditional free safety, and there are a couple of names remaining on the market that make sense. John Johnson and Adrian Amos are two starting-caliber free agents that spring to mind.

If the Jets sign one of those two players, it might make sense to cut ties with Whitehead and save a chunk of money. Whitehead's $10.23 million cap hit is actually the fourth-highest of any Jets player this season.

The team would save $7.25 million by releasing him at any point this offseason. That's a large sum of money for a team still trying to figure out Aaron Rodgers' cap situation, not to mention Quinnen Williams' impending extension.

The Jets need a free safety and could use some cap relief. Whitehead was underwhelming in his first season with the team, and while the Jets remain optimistic that he will be better in 2023, there is another option.

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It would be a surprise, but don't rule out the possibility of Jordan Whitehead being a late-spring cap casualty.