4 pending NY Jets free agents that won't be back in 2022

NY Jets, Jamison Crowder
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3. Jamison Crowder, WR, NY Jets

The writing has been on the wall for Jamison Crowder's inevitable departure for quite some time now. Despite being the Jets' leading receiver in each of the last two seasons, Crowder was forced to take a pay cut in the offseason to remain with the team.

The additions of Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, and Keelan Cole made what was an extremely thin wide receiver unit a year ago suddenly a pretty deep one.

Crowder agreed to take a pay cut and wasn't traded at the deadline despite rumors that he could be dealt. The Jets still believe Crowder is a valuable player to have on their roster, and his production this season has backed that up.

In eight games, Crowder has still managed to haul in 38 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Despite an obviously reduced role, Crowder remains an important part of the Jets' offense.

But with his contract set to expire in the offseason, it's unlikely the Jets look to bring him back.

The Jets already have two long-term wide receivers under contract in Davis and Moore and they could look to bolster the position again in the offseason.

There's also Keelan Cole and Braxton Berrios who each have a better chance to be re-signed as well as Denzel Mims who is still hanging around.

Crowder is a surplus. A very talented surplus, but a surplus nonetheless.