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

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2. Jarrad Davis, LB, NY Jets

In an offseason that featured the signings of players like Carl Lawson and Corey Davis, the first free-agent addition the Jets made was the signing of former Detroit Lions draft bust, Jarrad Davis.

Davis was signed on the first day of free agency in what many believed to be a potential reclamation project. A first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Davis never lived up to expectations in Detroit and was benched before being allowed to walk after his four-year rookie deal had expired.

Still, the Jets saw something in the uber-athletic Davis and signed him to be one of their two starting nickel linebackers in 2021. Davis was even playing MIKE linebackers and calling defensive plays in the preseason prior to his injury.

However, that ankle injury caused him to miss the first half of the season. Upon his return, he was immediately given a starting role. But Davis struggled mightily in that role and it wasn't long before he found himself benched in favor of Quincy Williams.

Williams is now solidified as the team's starting WILL linebacker alongside C.J. Mosley while Davis rides the bench. It's safe to say the Jets probably regret this signing.

Fortunately for them, Davis was only brought on for one year meaning that the investment was little more than a failed short-term experiment.

But it's probably fair to assume the Jets won't look to re-sign Davis this offseason.