NY Jets: 4 veterans on offense in danger of being cut this summer

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2. Alex Lewis, OG, NY Jets

It's somewhat surprising that Alex Lewis remains on the Jets roster, even after the selection of Alijah Vera-Tucker in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Lewis was seen as a prime cut candidate entering the offseason and once the Jets added Vera-Tucker, it seemed like a formality that the team would release the veteran guard and recoup the $6 million in cap space they'd save from cutting ties.

But at least for the moment, Lewis is slated to be part of the competition for the starting right guard job. That could change in a hurry, though.

The Jets could be waiting until the June 1st deadline passes as they would save more money from cutting him past that date. And given the depth the Jets have at guard, they don't necessarily need him.

Dan Feeney was signed in the offseason and the Jets are still high on Cameron Clark. Not to mention returning starting right guard Greg Van Roten. All three players figure to feature into the training camp battle for playing time at guard.

Lewis is a surplus — an expensive surplus at that.

The Jets might still opt to carry Lewis into training camp to see if he could beat out the others for the starting job. But don't be surprised if he's ultimately released in favor of younger or cheaper options.