9 potential cap casualties the NY Jets could target in 2023 free agency
2. NY Jets target: David Bakhtiari, OT, Green Bay Packers
It's far from a guarantee that the Green Bay Packers release longtime left tackle David Bakhtiari, but his name has been floated around in cap casualty rumors, mostly because of the messy state of the Packers' cap situation.
Bakhtiari remains one of the best left tackles in the NFL and would be the perfect player to bring along to pair with Aaron Rodgers in New York. What better way to welcome Rodgers than by signing the man who has been protecting his blindside for the last 10 years?
The issue with Bakhtiari begins with injuries. The multi-time All-Pro hasn't played a full season since 2019 and missed essentially all of the 2021 season due to a torn ACL he suffered late in 2020.
When healthy, Bakhtiari is still an All-Pro-caliber left tackle. If the Packers do release him, the Jets, and many other teams, will be very interested, despite his recent injury history.
1. NY Jets target: Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
The Jets will be looking for a wide receiver to pair with Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore this offseason. The free-agent market is expected to consist of players like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Allen Lazard, and Jakobi Meyers, but one very appealing name could join that list.
Los Angeles Chargers star Keenan Allen has been a frequently-discussed cut candidate this offseason. The Chargers can save nearly $15 million by releasing Allen, and given that Los Angeles is over $20 million over the salary cap, they might not have a choice.
Allen battled injuries in 2022 that limited him to just 10 games, but in those 10 games, he proved that he's still an excellent wide receiver. The five-time Pro Bowler finished with 66 catches for 752 yards and four touchdowns, which would have put him on pace for nearly 1,300 yards in a full season.
Pairing Allen with Wilson and Moore would give the Jets one of the best wide receiver trios in the NFL and solidify an excellent skill position group for whoever their quarterback is in 2023.