2. Quinton Jefferson, DT, NY Jets
The 2023 free-agency period was a disaster for the Jets, but one signing the team actually got good value on was defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson. Jefferson exceeded expectations this past season.
The veteran defensive lineman finished with a career-high 6.0 sacks in 14 games, racking up 29 pressures and a career-best 73.2 Pro Football Focus pass-rush grade.
Jefferson was an integral part of the Jets' defensive tackle rotation, and with only Quinnen Williams under contract in 2024, it would make sense for the team to re-sign Jefferson this offseason.
Along with Jefferson, soon-to-be free agent Solomon Thomas is another veteran defensive tackle the Jets should look to bring back following an impressive 2023 season.
1. Ashtyn Davis, S, NY Jets
Few players on the Jets' roster improved their stock over the course of this season as much as Ashtyn Davis. A third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Davis had narrowly avoided multiple summer cuts based almost entirely on his special-teams prowess.
While Davis had developed into a regular on special teams, it wasn't until 2023 that he finally earned a rotational role on defense. And he absolutely maximized the snaps he received.
Davis had a knack for the big play, finishing the year with three interceptions, eight pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, and a safety despite playing just 19 percent of the Jets' defensive snaps.
While Davis may not be counted on in a full-time starting role in 2024, his special-teams versatility and impressive 2023 season are more than enough to earn him a role on the team next year. Expect the Jets to do what they can to re-sign him this offseason.