NY Jets: 3 veterans who could be cut before training camp

NY Jets, Alex Lewis
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NY Jets, Alex Lewis
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1. Alex Lewis, OG, NY Jets

The Jets struck out on signing Joe Thuney in free agency, but they made up for it by trading up to grab USC's Alijah Vera-Tucker with the 14th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Vera-Tucker was widely seen as the best interior offensive lineman in the draft and is expected to slot in as a day-one starter at left guard alongside 2020 first-round pick Mekhi Becton.

That leaves Alex Lewis, the man who has been the Jets' starting left guard for the better part of the last two seasons, in a peculiar position.

At the moment, Lewis remains on the roster. And if the Jets carry him into the summer, he will likely compete with players like Greg Van Roten and Dan Feeney for the starting right guard job.

The Jets could opt to keep Lewis for extra interior depth. But after adding Feeney, Corey Levin, and a few undrafted linemen this offseason, they don't need to keep Lewis on the roster.

And seeing as they could save over $6 million if they cut him after June 1st, it might make sense to cut ties with the veteran guard.

Lewis is a fine player and it certainly wouldn't be a mistake to keep him. After all, you could never have enough offensive line depth.

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But if the Jets feel that they have enough interior depth with Van Roten, Feeney, Levin, and Cameron Clark, Lewis could get the ax.