The NY Jets will have some difficult decisions to make this offseason regarding a host of soon-to-be free agents. With 18 players set to hit unrestricted free agency, the Jets will be saying goodbye to a number of their own this offseason.
Some players like budding star defensive end Bryce Huff figure to command top dollar on the open market and should generate interest from plenty of teams. Because of that, re-signing Huff might prove difficult for the Jets.
Other players like Duane Brown and Carl Lawson are unlikely to return in 2024 for a variety of reasons, but the simplest reason is that the Jets just won't be interested in a reunion.
That shouldn't be the case for the players on this list, however. Here are seven Jets players who are most likely to re-sign with the team this offseason.
7/6/5. Greg Zuerlein/Thomas Morstead/Justin Hardee
We're just going to group these players together. Three of the most important players in one of the league's top special-teams groups are set to hit free agency this offseason, and the Jets should have interest in bringing each of them back.
Greg Zuerlein has stabilized the kicker position for the Jets since signing with the team in 2022. He's fresh off his best season arguably since 2017 when he was named first-team All-Pro.
Thomas Morstead re-joined the Jets this season and proved that he's still among the best punters in football. He was one vote away from being named to an All-Pro team. Justin Hardee missed time this season, but he remains arguably the best gunner in football when healthy.
Of these three, Morstead and Hardee feel like locks to be back in 2024. Zuerlein should join them, but the presence of Austin Seibert means the Jets could try to low-ball their incumbent kicker with the threat of a contingency plan.
Still, the safe bet is to assume all three return next season.