5 best players to spend only one season with the NY Jets

The Jets have had some legends that we all know and love, but it's easy to forget the ones who came and went after just one season.
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2. Jason Taylor, OLB, NY Jets

At the time, this one hurt some Jets fans. Jason Taylor was a bitter enemy for a decade, and he seemed, at least potentially, washed-up. After 10 seasons in Miami and one with Washington, Taylor signed with the Jets.

Despite how weird it felt for Jets fans, it was a move that ended up paying dividends. Very similar to the year Steve Atwater joined the team, Taylor signed with the Jets coming off one of the other most successful runs in Jets history, and the upcoming 2010 season was also one of the most hyped in recent memory.

The Jets defense, having just finished No. 1 overall, was pretty complete. The only thing it lacked was an outside pass rush without the use of the blitz. Taylor came in to help fill that hole.

Results were mixed. Taylor was far from a dominant presence, only starting five games and finishing with five sacks, but he played in all 16 games and contributed enough consistent pressure to make an impact. The Jets finished 11-5 and third overall in defense, falling one game short of a Super Bowl appearance.

Taylor would finish his career 11th all-time in sacks with 139.5, three first-team All-Pro selections, six Pro Bowl appearances, the 2007 Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and would make the Hall of Fame in 2017.

1. Brett Favre, QB, NY Jets

You had to know this was coming. Arguably one of the five best quarterbacks in NFL history, it's hard to say anyone else on this list can compete with him.

After breaking countless records, winning three MVPs, and winning a Super Bowl, there wasn't much left for Brett Favre to do, but he couldn't quite give up the game, coming out of retirement for the second time in 2008. The Packers declined to take him back, opting for a young Aaron Rodgers instead.

He landed with a Jets team that finished 4-12 the previous season, but had some solid talent nonetheless in cornerback Darrelle Revis, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, running backs Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, and wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles. The team was coached by Eric Mangini — at one point considered a "Mangenius."

This season is often remembered negatively, but for a lot of the year the Jets were relatively successful. At one point, they even seemed like serious Super Bowl contenders after beating the 10-0 Tennessee Titans to go to 8-3. Unfortunately, an injury would plague the Jets' aging QB.

Favre battled an injured bicep during the final stretch of the year. He would finish the year with 3,472 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions. The Jets would finish 9-7, missing the playoffs, and Mangini would be fired in the offseason.

As for Favre, he would play two more seasons for the Minnesota Vikings before retiring. He made the Hall of Fame in 2016.