4 NY Jets free agents the team could still re-sign this offseason

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2. Tyler Kroft, TE, NY Jets

Tyler Kroft was never meant to be a long-term fix for the Jets. Signed to a one-year contract last offseason, the hope was that Kroft would at least provide some stability to a position that had been the Jets' Achilles heel over the last decade.

That wasn't really the case, however, as Kroft played just nine games due to injury trouble. The former Cincinnati Bengals tight end finished with just 16 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown, marking the fourth consecutive season he had failed to play in more than 11 games.

The Jets promptly responded by completely reshaping their tight-end room this offseason. The additions of C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin should help rehab a position that was a complete nonfactor last season.

Suddenly, the Jets do appear to have some solid tight end depth, although perhaps Kroft would be an improvement over someone like Ryan Griffin.

Kroft's extensive injury history isn't something to ignore, but at least from a performance standpoint, his on-field impact is probably greater than Griffin's.

Despite playing more snaps than any offensive skill player on the Jets' roster last season, Griffin is a below-average player in every aspect. At least Kroft is a strong blocker when healthy.

The Jets could save over $3 million with no dead cap hit by releasing Griffin making it somewhat surprising that he's still on the roster. Releasing Griffin and re-signing Kroft does make some sense.