2. Ryan Griffin, TE, NY Jets
On to two players who are a little more high-profile. First up is veteran tight end Ryan Griffin. Griffin experienced a bit of a career resurgence filling in for Chris Herndon in 2019.
The longtime Houston Texans tight end hauled in 34 catches for 320 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in 13 starts. He parlayed that success into a three-year, $10.8 million extension with the club in December of that year.
Somewhat surprising at the time, and a deal that hasn't exactly aged well.
Griffin did next to nothing in 2020 recording just nine catches for 86 yards despite an abysmal year from Herndon. He was a regular contributor on special teams, but aside from that, his impact on offense was minimal.
Seen as a prime cut candidate this offseason, the Jets have retained Griffin to this point. But it's far from a lock that he does make the final roster.
The Jets signed veteran Tyler Kroft in free agency and he might have the inside edge at the No. 2 tight end role behind Herndon. There's also tight end/fullback hybrid Trevon Wesco, promising UDFA Kenny Yeboah, and special-teams ace Daniel Brown.
You could argue that all three players provide more value to the Jets than Griffin does at this stage.
The Jets can move on from Griffin after June 1st and save over $2.3 million in cap space. And seeing as though he might just be taking away snaps from the likes of Wesco and Yeboah in camp, the Jets could opt to cut him sooner rather than later.