Full list of NY Jets outgoing free agents: Who will Gang Green re-sign in 2024?

Which Jets free agents are most likely to re-sign?

NY Jets defensive end Bryce Huff
NY Jets defensive end Bryce Huff / Al Bello/GettyImages
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The NY Jets will have a decision to make on a number of free agents this offseason. With limited cap space and a desire to make external additions, it's unclear how many of their own internal free agents the Jets will look to re-sign.

The Jets have ways they can create cap space, namely through restructures, but the team will also be looking to make sizable additions to both their offensive line and wide receiver room.

Still, there are a few internal free agents the Jets will likely look to bring back. That said, there are also quite a few players who have almost certainly played their final game with the organization.

Below is a quick look at every pending Jets free agent this offseason. The players are broken down into three groups: unrestricted, restricted, and exclusive-rights free agents. Each distinction is explained below.

Complete list of NY Jets free agents 2024

Unrestricted free agents

  • OT Mekhi Becton
  • OT Duane Brown
  • S Chuck Clark
  • WR Randall Cobb
  • S Ashtyn Davis
  • LB Sam Eguavoen
  • CB Bryce Hall
  • CB/ST Justin Hardee
  • DE Jalyn Holmes
  • DE Bryce Huff
  • DT Quinton Jefferson
  • DE Carl Lawson
  • C Connor McGovern
  • P Thomas Morstead
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • QB Brett Rypien
  • DT Solomon Thomas
  • OT Billy Turner
  • S Jordan Whitehead
  • DT Al Woods
  • K Greg Zuerlein

This is the most common tier of free agents. Unrestricted free agents are free to sign with any team at the start of the new league year on March 13.

Restricted free agents

  • DE Bradlee Anae
  • CB Javelin Guidry
  • OL Jake Hanson
  • TE Kenny Yeboah

Restricted free agency is a bit more complicated. These are players with three accrued seasons and an expiring contract. Restricted free agents are eligible to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team is able to place a protection on the player in the form of a "tender."

There are a few different types of tenders that can be placed on a player, but the most common are first-round, second-round, or original-round tenders. If an RFA is signed to an offer sheet by a new team, that team is forced to forfeit a draft pick of equivalent tender to the original team.

This likely won't apply to the Jets this offseason, but it's always something to keep an eye on around the NFL. It's rare to see restricted free agents signed by other teams, but it has happened before.

Exclusive-rights free agents

  • OT Austin Deculus
  • OG Chris Glaser
  • DT Bruce Hector
  • TE Zack Kuntz
  • LB Marcelino McCrary-Ball
  • OG Xavier Newman
  • RB Xazavian Valladay

Exclusive-rights free agents are players with two or fewer accrued seasons whose contracts have expired. This is rather simple for NFL teams.

The Jets can offer any of these players a qualifying offer equivalent to the league minimum salary based on their service years. The player is then forced to accept the contract and is unable to negotiate with other teams.

Which free agents will the NY Jets re-sign?

Of the 21 Jets players set to hit unrestricted free agents, none are more notable than Bryce Huff. The former undrafted free agent has developed into a true star pass rusher, but it seems unlikely the Jets re-sign him at this stage.

The same is true for players like Mekhi Becton, Carl Lawson, and Duane Brown, who have all almost certainly played their final game with the Jets. There are some players the Jets should look to bring back, however.

The Jets will likely have interest in re-signing special-teams standouts Justin Hardee, Thomas Morstead, and Greg Zuerlein. Safeties Jordan Whitehead, Ashtyn Davis, and Chuck Clark can all make cases to be back in 2024 as well.

It would be wise for the team to consider bringing back Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas if the price is right. Of course, we can never rule out players like Billy Turner and Randall Cobb returning next season simply because of their connection to Aaron Rodgers.

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