5 former NY Jets starters who might be done in the NFL

These former Jets might be headed to retirement
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2. Kwon Alexander, LB, NY Jets

Few NFL players in recent memory have been hit harder by the injury bug than Kwon Alexander. The former Pro Bowl linebacker has managed to last nine years in the NFL, but he's only appeared in more than 12 games in two of those seasons.

One of those seasons was with the Jets in 2022, where he was finally able to put together a healthy and productive campaign after years battling multiple major injuries. That injury luck was short-lived, however.

Alexander spent the 2023 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, filling an important role in their defense before tragically tearing his Achilles in Week 10. That's now two torn Achilles, a torn ACL, a torn pectoral, and various other injuries for the former fourth-round pick.

Alexander still seems determined to make it back to the NFL, but it's worth wondering when the injuries will finally catch up to him. There's definitely a non-zero chance that his NFL career has come to an unfortunate and premature end.

1. Duane Brown, OT, NY Jets

Of all the players on this list, the player most likely to have appeared in his final NFL game is an individual who was a starter for the Jets as recently as last season. That man is Duane Brown.

The Jets signed Brown to a two-year, $22 million contract in August of 2022 with the goal of bolstering their offensive tackle depth, and the five-time Pro Bowler would go on to start two consecutive Week 1s as the team's left tackle.

Brown battled through a shoulder injury in 2022 before a hip injury derailed his 2023 season. Although he did eventually return, Brown was relegated to a bench role for the first time in his 16-year NFL career.

Brown is set to turn 39 years old before the start of the 2024 season, and while he's expressed interest in winning a ring before he retires, his story might not have a fairytale ending. His incredible career might end with a whimper.