5 players the NY Jets should not re-sign this offseason

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1. Lamarcus Joyner, S, NY Jets

There was no weaker link in the Jets' starting lineup in 2022 than Lamarcus Joyner. The Jets re-signed Joyner in the offseason after his first season in New York was cut short by injury just nine plays into the year.

The hope was that Joyner would be able to rediscover the promise he showed as a full-time free safety before he was forced to play as a nickel cornerback with the Raiders, but again, much like the others on this list, that didn't happen.

Joyner started 14 games for the Jets this past season, but while he mostly stayed healthy, he was a liability on the field. The nine-year NFL veteran finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 57.0 grade that ranked 71st out of 89 qualified safeties.

He was one of just four qualified safeties in the entire NFL to finish with a PFF tackling and coverage grade below 55.0. He missed a whopping 14.5 percent of his tackle attempts this past season. Joyner was one of the worst safeties in football in 2022, starter or not.

The Jets will undoubtedly look to upgrade at free safety this offseason, especially with Joyner set to be a free agent. There really isn't a feasible scenario in which they opt to bring him back.

There's a chance the Jets even decide to move on from Jordan Whitehead and make him a cap casualty, but even if Whitehead is kept, there's no possibility that Joyner is the Week 1 starter in 2023.

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Whether it's through the 2023 NFL Draft or free agency, the Jets will search for an upgrade over Joyner this offseason.