2. Greg Van Roten, OG, NY Jets
Greg Van Roten enters this summer in a weird position in that he finds himself as the presumptive favorite for the starting right guard job, but that he also isn't even secured a roster spot.
Such is life in the NFL, though.
Van Roten signed with his hometown Jets ahead of the 2020 season and took over as the team's starting right guard. In 13 games, the 31-year-old finished with a 63.0 Pro Football Focus grade that ranked 43rd at his position.
He was a below-average starter in 2020, but not downright awful as some will have you believe.
Still, his current contract places him in a situation where the Jets can cut him at any point without incurring any dead cap charge. The measly $3 million he was guaranteed at signing was already paid out in his first year with the team.
Van Roten will hold a cap hit of just $3.6 million in 2020, a very affordable price tag given that he's still a starting-caliber player. But if he's outperformed in training camp, there's no guarantee the Jets keep him.
The Jets just reworked the contract of fellow veteran guard Alex Lewis and signed the versatile Dan Feeney in the offseason. Both players figure to be in the mix for the starting right guard job with the wild card being 2020 fourth-rounder Cameron Clark.
That's a lot of competition for Van Roten and his contract makes him very expendable if he underperforms.
Van Roten may be the favorite for the job right now, but he can't afford to slip up in camp. Not only is his starting job on the line — his roster spot is as well.