11 Jets Who Won't Be Returning Next Season

As the Jets prepare to navigate free agency, don't be surprised if these 11 players don't return to New York in 2024 for one reason or another.

DE Bryce Huff is one of 11 Jets who won't be returning for the 2024 NFL season.
DE Bryce Huff is one of 11 Jets who won't be returning for the 2024 NFL season. / Cooper Neill/GettyImages
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2. Carl Lawson, DE

Sticking with the Jets' edge rushers, I won't be too shocked if Carl Lawson isn't around MetLife Stadium come September.

After signing a three-year, $45 million contract to join the franchise back in 2021, Lawson's tenure has been plagued by injuries. After the former Auburn Tiger missed the entire 2021 campaign, he played all 17 games in 2022. Unfortunately, the trend of good health didn't continue into 2023 as he only played six games without a start last season.

Some players can produce with limited opportunities, but that wasn't the case for the 28-year-old. Lawson was largely invisible across his six appearances, registering only five tackles. Even if he remained healthy for all 17 games, the 14 tackles he was on pace for would've been among the worst marks of his six-year career.

If the Jets want to compete for a Super Bowl next season, don't expect to see Lawson back with the team. His injury history is a massive concern and he just hasn't been good on the rare occasions where he is healthy. There will be better replacements out there this offseason.