These NY Jets players performed well enough to be named to Pro Football Focus' top free agents list for 2022, but how many of them will be back next season?
PFF recently ranked the top-100 NFL players set to enter free agency, graciously including four Jets players.
Safety Marcus Maye was ranked the highest at No. 44 despite tearing his Achilles halfway through the season. Best suited to a free safety role, Maye has plugged in well in New York's secondary, but his age and injury history suggest he most likely won't be back next season.
Defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi sits ten spots below at No. 54, serving as one of the league's best nose tackles in recent years. Fatukasi just finished his fourth season with the Jets recording a career-high 14 quarterback pressures in 2021.
New York's run defense as a whole looked pitiful this season, but Fatukasi has earned respectable 85-plus PFF run defense grades in the last two years and could continue making an impact next season. He's powerful and capable of shedding blocks, but he may not be an ideal fit in the team's defensive scheme.
Marcus Maye and Folorunso Fatukasi ranked as NY Jets' best free agents for 2022
Offensive tackle Morgan Moses, ranked 58th on the list, may also be brought back after a solid 2021 performance. Moses has slid in as an excellent stop-gap in the offensive line and he's an uber-durable right tackle too, not missing a game since 2015.
He can aid the running game and provides decent pass protection but was overshadowed by George Fant's much more impressive showing in 2021. With Mekhi Becton returning to the offensive line in 2022, there's no guarantee the Jets hold onto Moses past this season.
Last and probably least is Jamison Crowder at No. 95, who has likely played his last game as a Jet. The seventh-year wide receiver recorded a career-low 51 catches for 447 yards, averaging just 8.8 yards per catch.
Crowder is good at what he does — being a consistent pass-catcher in the slot — but his ceiling is well-defined. He'll attract plenty of attention from other teams this offseason, and the Jets can afford to part ways with him.
None of the players listed above would be considered franchise-changing pieces for the Jets — that distinction is reserved for Zach Wilson, Quinnen Williams, and a select few others.
New York will have a bright future in 2022, with or without these top-ranked free agents.