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7 players likely playing their final game with the NY Jets on Sunday

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6. Nathan Shepherd, DT, NY Jets

Nathan Shepherd is one of just three holdovers from the Todd Bowles era making him one of the longest-tenured players on the roster. It's hard to believe, but Shepherd has been in New York for nearly half a decade.

That said, it's likely his time with the organization comes to an end this offseason with the former third-round pick set to hit free agency for the first time in his career.

Shepherd is little more than a backup defensive tackle who has made more headlines this season for his frequent penalties than his on-field accomplishments.

At 28-years-old, the Jets will look for a younger replacement and they very well might already have that player on their roster in 2021 sixth-round pick Jonathan Marshall.

7. Sheldon Rankins, DT, NY Jets

This one might come as a surprise to some, but it really shouldn't given how poor Sheldon Rankins has played this season. Rankins' struggles have flown a bit under the radar, but he's been one of the biggest culprits behind a shoddy Jets' run defense.

While he's never been known as a strong run defender, Rankins' abysmal 30.5 Pro Football Focus run-defense grade ranks 135th out of 141 qualified interior defensive linemen and is easily the worst of his career.

On top of that, he hasn't been nearly as effective as a pass-rusher as the Jets hoped he would be. Fortunately, the Jets essentially signed Rankins to a one-year contract last offseason as they can cut him and save $5.5 million with less than $1 million in dead cap.

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It's not a guarantee that the Jets go in this direction, but $6.25 million seems like a pretty high figure given how ineffective Rankins was in his first season with the team.

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