5 players the NY Jets should not re-sign this offseason
2. James Robinson, RB, NY Jets
Speaking of disappointments, running back James Robinson fell well short of expectations in his brief stint with the Jets in 2022.
Following a season-ending injury to Breece Hall, the Jets decided to send a conditional sixth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the former 1,000-yard rusher. Robinson was coming off an Achilles tear and had seen his role in the offense decrease significantly following the emergence of Travis Etienne.
The Jets traded for Robinson with the hope that he could provide a stable one-two punch alongside Michael Carter. They weren't supposed to replicate Hall's production, but they were expected to be a more-than-competent duo.
Unfortunately, both players disappointed significantly, with Robinson falling out of the offensive game plan entirely. The former undrafted free agent played just three games before he was rendered a healthy scratch in favor of undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight.
Robinson played just one more game after that, only due to a Michael Carter injury. He finished the season with just 85 yards on 29 carries in four games with the Jets.
On the bright side, the sixth-round pick the Jets gave up didn't become a fifth-rounder as Robinson fell well short of the 250 yards required for an escalator.
Robinson is set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning the Jets could bring him back for very cheap. The right of first refusal RFA tender in 2023 is projected to be roughly $2.6 million this offseason.
That said, it seems unlikely the Jets go that route. Knight essentially took Robinson's role in the offense, and with Carter and Hall returning in 2023, not to mention the possibility of Ty Johnson re-signing, it makes little sense to re-sign Robinson.