NY Jets: 5 players who won't be back in the 2022 season

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4. Ryan Griffin, TE, NY Jets

The Jets' failure to adequately address the tight end position this offseason has been made apparent by the fact that Ryan Griffin is currently playing anywhere between 55 and 90 percent of snaps per game.

At 31-years-old, you could probably make the case that Griffin shouldn't be on the active roster, let alone receiving more snaps than any offensive skill position player not named Corey Davis through six games.

Yes, that stat is accurate.

Griffin was a nice story as a reclamation project. Signed by the Jets in July of 2019, Griffin was one of Joe Douglas' first additions, and his presence helped hold down the fort during Chris Herndon's suspension/injury-riddled 2019 season.

Douglas rewarded Griffin with a three-year extension after a career year that saw him finish with 34 catches for 320 yards and five touchdowns. But it's been downhill since.

Griffin hauled in just nine catches for 86 yards in 15 games last season and has been a liability both as a receiver and blocker in 2021. If the Jets had anyone remotely competent at the tight end position, Griffin likely wouldn't be on the field.

He's still under contract through 2022, but the Jets can cut ties with his $3.3 million salary this offseason without a dead cap charge. Expect them to do just that.