4. Carl Lawson, DE, NY Jets
The Jets had an opportunity to cut Carl Lawson this offseason and save $15 million in the process. Instead, they restructured his contract and pushed dead cap into the future. They're likely regretting that decision now.
Lawson has been a complete nonfactor for the Jets this season. The Auburn product has played just five games this season, registering four total tackles. That's it. He has two total pressures on 50 pass-rush snaps.
This is in large part due to a back injury that Lawson suffered in the summer that seems to still be affecting him. The Jets bet on Lawson returning to full health in 2023, and that bet didn't cash.
The Jets were preparing for Lawson's departure regardless of how he played this season. His lackluster performance makes it an even easier decision to move on.
3. Duane Brown, OT, NY Jets
Another player who somewhat surprisingly returned this season is offensive tackle Duane Brown. Brown played through a torn labrum in his shoulder all of last season, and instead of retiring this offseason, he decided to return for one more year in the hopes of winning a Super Bowl.
Obviously, that isn't going to happen.
Brown once again ran into injury troubles this season, starting just two games before landing on the injured reserve with a hip injury. The Jets activated him from the injured reserve, but he's yet to start a game since returning.
At 38 years old, there's little reason the Jets would look to bring back the soon-to-be free agent Brown this offseason. There are countless other ways the team should address the offensive tackle position in free agency and the draft.