5 NY Jets players who likely played their final game with the team

Justin Fried
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2. George Fant, OT, NY Jets

Much like Joyner, George Fant also didn't play in the Jets' season finale against the Dolphins on Sunday. And also much like Joyner, he likely won't be back with the team next season.

Fant was a revelation for the Jets in 2021 as he transformed from a fringe starting swing tackle into legitimately one of the best pass-blocking left tackles in the NFL.

There were talks about the Jets extending Fant in the offseason even as he competed with Mekhi Becton for the starting left tackle job. Unfortunately, Fant's 2022 season was derailed by injuries.

The veteran tackle underwent offseason knee surgery and never quite seemed to recover. He struggled through the first three games of the season before landing on the injured reserve due to that same knee injury.

Fant returned in Week 13 and played right tackle for the remainder of the season (until Week 18), but he clearly wasn't 100 percent. It wasn't a surprise when the Jets placed him on the IR again ahead of Week 18.

Unfortunately for Fant, he never managed to receive the extension he was looking for. Combine that with the constant position switching and the nagging knee injury, and 2022 was surely a frustrating season for the seven-year NFL veteran.

Fant is set to be a free agent at the end of the season, and while the Jets will likely be making some offensive line changes, don't expect him to be brought back.

Mekhi Becton, Duane Brown, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Max Mitchell are all under contract next season and the Jets will very likely make at least one addition at the position.

At least we'll always have that outstanding 2021 season.

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