The NY Jets unsurprisingly went with a veteran-heavy roster in Aaron Rodgers' first season with the organization. Sure, many of the core pieces of the puzzle were still on rookie contracts, but the Jets intentionally supplemented their roster with a host of veterans.
This was a Jets team that had legitimate Super Bowl aspirations entering the 2023 season. Unfortunately, many of those veterans haven't exactly gotten what they signed up for.
The Jets are expected to run it back with Rodgers and a similar roster next season, but that doesn't mean there won't be some changes in the offseason. In particular, a handful of veterans are likely playing out their final stretch with the organization.
Whether their contract is expiring or they're future cap casualties, here are five veterans on the Jets' roster who likely won't be on the team in 2024.
5. Jordan Whitehead, S, NY Jets
The numbers might not always show it, but the Jets have one of the best defenses in the entire NFL. Their defensive line is stacked. Their linebacker duo might be the best in football. Their cornerbacks are the best in football.
But if there was one weakness with this Jets' defense, it would be their safeties. Tony Adams is young and cheap enough that the Jets will likely give him another opportunity as a starter in 2024. As for Jordan Whitehead, his time with the Jets might be coming to an end.
Whitehead has allowed a whopping eight touchdowns this season — nearly double any other safety in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. His 15 missed tackles also rank second-worst among all safeties.
With Whitehead set to be a free agent in the offseason, the Jets should absolutely look to find his replacement. This is the one position on defense they should attempt to upgrade this offseason.