The NY Jets have had a shaky recent history when it comes to free agency. For every D.J. Reed, there's been an Allen Lazard or a Laken Tomlinson. For every Tyler Conklin, there's been a C.J. Uzomah.
That's not an uncommon trend for NFL free agency, which is often seen as a crapshoot for most teams. There's a reason you rarely see young, star players hit the open market. Each of these players is available for a reason.
This year's free-agent pool is loaded with talented players, and there are expected to be a number of new additions to the pool in the coming weeks. Cap casualties will happen, and as the old proverb goes, one team's trash is another team's treasure.
Let's take a look at five potential cap casualties the Jets should be keeping a close eye on as we approach the start of free agency.
5. The NY Jets could target Kevin Byard
Jets general manager Joe Douglas hasn't invested significant assets into the safety position during his time with the organization. Perhaps that could be set to change this offseason.
With Jordan Whitehead, Chuck Clark, and Ashtyn Davis all set to hit free agency, the Jets might need to reshape their safety room a little. One player they should have their eye on is Kevin Byard.
The former All-Pro safety was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this past fall, and while he took a step back in 2023, he's still an above-average starter at this stage of his career. The Eagles need to free up cap space, however, and they could save over $13 million by releasing him this spring.
Byard would immediately be the best safety on the Jets' roster, and he probably won't cost as much as many would think. He turns 31 in August and is coming off a down year. The Jets might be able to sign him for a reasonable price if he's released.