6. Duane Brown, OT, NY Jets
Speaking of injured veterans who could retire this offseason, Duane Brown is in a very similar boat to Al Woods. The Jets, however, didn't expect Brown to be a rotational player. He was supposed to be the team's starting left tackle.
It was always a risk banking on the aging Brown to start a full season at left tackle, especially after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason. The risk didn't pay off.
Brown started the first two games of the season, struggled mightily, and was placed on the injured reserve shortly after. He was eventually activated from the IR, but he's exclusively been used as an extra blocker since then.
Brown will turn 39 years old before the start of the 2024 season, and it's hard to envision a scenario in which the Jets bring him back. Much like Woods, this could be the end of Brown's career.
5. C.J. Uzomah, TE, NY Jets
The Jets seem to have found a reliable and capable tight-end duo in Tyler Conklin and the young Jeremy Ruckert, the latter of which essentially replaced veteran C.J. Uzomah in the offense midseason.
The Jets restructured Uzomah's contract in the offseason, partially because they valued his leadership and contributions on offense. They likely regret that decision in hindsight.
Uzomah hauled in just eight catches for 58 yards and a touchdown this season while also struggling as a blocker. Ruckert's midseason promotion on the depth chart was a long time coming.
The Jets can and will release Uzomah this offseason, saving $5.3 million in cap space. Unfortunately, the near $6 million in dead cap (plus an additional $2.7 million in 2025) the Jets will take on as a result isn't ideal.