5 players the NY Jets are unlikely to re-sign this offseason

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That being said, there is an outside chance that the two sides could seek a short-term reunion as somewhat of a last-case resort for both parties. But it's probably in the best interest of everyone involved to move on at this point.

Nathan Shepherd is one of those players that you look at and ponder how he's managed to remain with the team as long as he has.

Somehow one of the longest-tenured members of the roster, Shepherd has been with the Jets since 2018 when he was drafted in the third round out of Division II Fort Hays State.

The 28-year-old has served as a rotational defensive lineman during that time failing to make much of an impact. In fact, his 2021 will be more remembered for untimely penalties than anything resembling on-field production.

Shepherd is a fine depth piece and will likely find work elsewhere, but there really isn't a need for him on the Jets roster. The Jets could find a younger, cheaper replacement for the former third-round pick.

That replacement might already be on the roster in the form of 2021 sixth-rounder Jonathan Marshall. Marshall is a better fit in the Jets' attacking 4-3 defense, is four years younger, and comes at a much cheaper price.

Credit to Shepherd for lasting the entire length of his rookie contract in New York, but his extended time with the Jets is probably coming to an end this offseason.