4 NY Jets players who could be cap casualties this offseason

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2. Greg Van Roten, OG, NY Jets

Another player with $0 in guaranteed money who seems destined to be released in the offseason is veteran offensive guard Greg Van Roten. Signed as a free agent prior to the 2020 season, Van Roten started 13 games in his first season and returned as the starting right guard in 2021.

The Jets made a couple of changes to their offensive line in the offseason, but they didn't find a replacement for Van Roten who admittedly struggled in his first year in green and white. That turned out to be a mistake.

Van Roten struggled again in 2021, so much so that the Jets actually traded for his replacement at the deadline acquiring longtime Kansas City Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Duvernay-Tardif almost immediately replaced Van Roten in the starting lineup as the latter was benched following the team's Week 10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Van Roten finished with a PFF pass-block grade of 53.7 that ranked 59th out of 82 qualified guards and even paced the Jets in pressures allowed for weeks after he was benched.

Van Roten won't be the Jets' starting guard in 2022. There's a chance they could keep him around as a backup, though. With a cap hit of $3.5 million, it might be worth keeping him on the roster as depth.

However, it's probably in the best interest of both parties to just move on at this point.