5 former NY Jets who are still free agents in June

NY Jets, Lamarcus Joyner
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2. Lamarcus Joyner, S, NY Jets

The Jets' defense was the heart and soul of this team last season. The likes of Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed helped to transform the secondary while Quinnen Williams' All-Pro year helped make the defensive line a legitimate strength of the unit.

That said, if there was one weakness, it probably would have been Lamarcus Joyner.

Joyner was originally signed by the Jets the previous season with the expectation that he would serve as the team's starting free safety after a few years spent as a misfit nickel cornerback with the Raiders.

Unfortunately, Joyner tore his triceps just a few plays into the 2021 season and was soon ruled out for the year. The Jets re-signed Joyner in the offseason, and this time, he did go on to start 14 games for the team.

That wasn't necessarily a positive for the Jets, though. Joyner finished with a lowly Pro Football Focus grade of 57.0 that ranked 72nd out of 88 qualifiers. His 53.4 coverage grade was just as bad, ranking 73rd out of 87 qualified safeties.

Joyner was the weakest link of the Jets' defense — and arguably their entire roster, outside of quarterback — last season. At 32 years old, there was never any real consideration to bring him back this offseason.

It will be interesting to see if another team gives the versatile defensive back a shot this summer. Perhaps he can stick around on a roster as veteran depth, but it also wouldn't be surprising if the 2022 season was his final in the NFL.