5 potential cap casualties the NY Jets could sign in free agency

The Jets should keep an eye on these 5 players
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2. The NY Jets could target Mike Williams

Another wide receiver the Jets should be keeping a close eye on is Mike Williams. The Los Angeles Chargers star has battled injuries throughout his career, but when healthy, he's been one of the better receivers in football.

Williams played just three games in 2023 before suffering a torn ACL that cut his season short. He previously missed time in 2022 due to a back injury. Injuries are a genuine concern with Williams, but if the Jets are willing to take a chance on his health, he'd be the perfect complement to Garrett Wilson.

Williams is a prototypical X receiver. He's a physical, big-bodied receiver who would give the Jets everything they wanted Allen Lazard to be and more.

The Chargers will be desperate for cap space this offseason, and seeing as they can save a whopping $20 million by releasing Williams, this seems like a lock to happen. He should hit the open market.

1. The NY Jets could target David Bakhtiari

If the Jets are going to target any cap casualty this offseason, the safe bet is to assume it's David Bakhtiari. This isn't to say the Jets should rely on Bakhtiari to be their Week 1 starting left tackle, but his close personal relationship with Aaron Rodgers makes this feel inevitable.

Bakhtiari has battled major injury concerns over the last few seasons, appearing in just one game in both 2021 and 2023 as a result of multiple knee injuries. At 32-years-old, he's not getting any younger either.

Still, Bakhtiari has long been one of the league's best left tackles, and his ties to Rodgers make him an obvious fit. If the Jets were to sign Bakhtiari, it would be wise to have an excellent insurance policy behind him, possibly in the form of an early-round draft pick.

Much like with Mike Williams, Bakhtiari is essentially a lock to be released this offseason, as the Green Bay Packers would save over $20 million in the process. Expect the Jets to be all over him once that happens.