5 former NY Jets players who shined with their new team in 2023

These former Jets shined elsewhere in 2023

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4. Elijah Moore, WR, Cleveland Browns

The Jets made the somewhat surprising decision to trade Elijah Moore to the Cleveland Browns last March, swapping a pair of Day 2 picks in the process. The move helped the Jets not only facilitate the Aaron Rodgers trade but also helped the team land Joe Tippmann in the draft.

That, combined with Moore's souring relationship with the organization, is why the Jets likely don't regret moving on. Moore still found some success with the Browns this past year, however.

The former second-round pick finished with a career-high 59 catches for 640 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the Browns. He didn't exactly light it up, but Moore was an important part of Cleveland's offense.

Given how disastrous the Jets' wide receiver corps was outside of Garrett Wilson in 2023, it's safe to say that Moore could've helped. But again, the Jets probably aren't having second thoughts about this trade, regardless.

3. George Fant, OT, Houston Texans

The Jets opted not to re-sign George Fant after an injury-riddled 2022 season with the team. Fant had proven to be an excellent starting left tackle in 2021, but his injury history combined with his declining play led the Jets to move on after his third year in New York.

Fant would sign on with the Houston Texans last summer, starting 13 games for his new team primarily at right tackle. Now healthy again, Fant was a serviceable starter.

The 31-year-old finished with a respectable 61.7 Pro Football Focus, allowing three sacks and earning an above-average 69.4 PFF bass-block grade.

Fant is a quality offensive lineman who definitely could have helped out a beaten-up Jets offensive line last season. He's a free agent again this offseason, and it wouldn't be the worst idea to explore a reunion.