4. Bryce Hall, CB, NY Jets
The Jets have the deepest and most talented cornerback room in the NFL. That extends beyond their obvious star-studded trio of Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed, and Michael Carter II as well.
Bryce Hall has been relegated to a bench role with the Jets over the last two seasons, often serving as a game-day inactive, but it wasn't long ago that he looked like a potential future building block on defense.
Hall has ample starting experience and proved this year that he can still play at a starting-caliber level when he filled in for injuries. Expect some team to value him more than the Jets this offseason.
Hall is set to be a free agent, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see a team give him an opportunity to compete for a starting job in 2024. That team won't be the Jets.
3. Carl Lawson, DE, NY Jets
Another contract restructure the Jets likely regret is Carl Lawson. The Jets could've saved $15 million by releasing Lawson this past offseason with $0 in dead cap. Instead, they decided to bring him back on a reduced deal as a result of the restructure.
Their logic made sense at the time. Lawson was another year removed from his torn Achilles, had appeared in all 17 games the year prior, and was still seen as an integral part of the team's defensive line rotation.
A healthy Lawson could've been huge for the Jets' defense in 2024. Unfortunately, Lawson suffered a back injury before the season started and never really recovered. He's spent most of the season on the bench as a "healthy" inactive.
In the six games that Lawson did play in 2023, he finished with just five tackles, zero sacks, and zero QB hits. The Jets will move on this offseason, but they'll still be on the hook for $6.3 million in dead cap in 2024 because of the restructure.