The 2023 NFL season was quite the roller coaster experience for New York Jets fans. The Jets were poised to be Super Bowl contenders after adding Aaron Rodgers last offseason, however, the ride quickly went off the rails after the superstar QB tore his Achilles just four snaps into the season.
The Jets went on to finish the year with a 7-10 record, missing the playoffs for the 13th consecutive campaign — the longest active postseason drought in the NFL.
All eyes are on general manager Joe Douglas to see how he navigates this crucial offseason. Spotrac lists New York as having about $7.5 million in cap space with 24 players slated to become free agents. While Jets fans would love to see several familiar fans return, not everyone is guaranteed to come back for various reasons.
Here's a look at 11 Jets players who won't return for the 2024 season.
1. Bryce Huff, DE
The Jets have a ton of free agents to handle this offseason, but fewer are bigger than Bryce Huff.
The 25-year-old defensive end joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and has only improved with each passing year. 2023 was a career year for Huff as he set new personal bests when it came to sacks (10.0), solo tackles (19), lost yardage tackles (10), and total pressures (33).
If that isn't impressive enough, the former Memphis Tiger's 86.8 pass rush grade ranks ninth-best among 104 eligible edge defenders, per Pro Football Focus. It's no surprise that Huff's standout performance has resulted in Spotrac projecting his market value to be $9.2 million annually — more than the Jets have to spend.
For New York fans hoping for the stud defender to take a pay cut, don't hold your breath. Huff told reporters back in January that he is "not giving any discount" and will do what's best for him this offseason. Assuming that nothing has changed over the last month or so, it's time to accept that Huff will likely play elsewhere next season.