9 potential cap casualties the NY Jets could target in 2023 free agency
6. NY Jets target: Khalil Mack, DE, Los Angeles Chargers
One of the most high-profile players who could be released this offseason is Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher Khalil Mack. Just one year after trading for Mack, the Chargers could release him and save over $18 million in cap space.
Mack obviously has the name value and has made the Pro Bowl in seven of the last eight years, but he hasn't been quite the same disruptive force that he once was during his prime. Mack hasn't recorded double-digit sacks in a season since 2018 when he was still with the Raiders.
This isn't to say that Mack isn't still a very good player...because he is. He's just not the same game-wrecker that he used to be. The Jets could still certainly use someone like him on their defense, however.
Much like with Floyd, this move makes a lot more sense if the Jets move on from Carl Lawson.
5. NY Jets target: Bobby Wagner, LB, Los Angeles Rams
One last Rams player here, and it's another player who has already been released: longtime Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner was released by the Rams on Thursday as the two sides agreed to mutually part ways.
Despite his age, Wagner remains one of the best linebackers in football. He finished as PFF's No. 1 rated linebacker in 2022 en route to being named second-team All-Pro — the ninth consecutive All-Pro season for the future Hall of Famer.
The Jets reportedly had interest in Wagner last offseason before he signed with the Rams. Perhaps the team could consider designating C.J. Mosley as a post-June 1st cut and signing Wagner as a replacement.
I don't foresee a world in which Mosley and Wagner coexist — for logistical and financial reasons — but anytime a player of Wagner's caliber becomes available, you have to consider all of your options.