4. Duane Brown, LT
One part that hurts about being a sports fan is watching once-great players slowly decline as their bodies break down. That's been the case with veteran left tackle Duane Brown.
Brown has had a terrific NFL career, living up to the hype that surrounded him when he was drafted 26th overall by the Houston Texans 16 years ago. He's been one of the league's best blockers throughout his tenure, being named All-Pro three times while making five Pro Bowl rosters.
Unfortunately, Brown hasn't performed at that level across his two seasons with the Jets. The ex-Virginia Tech tackle has spent most of his time with the franchise on the sidelines, missing a whopping 17 games due to injury. He only played five games in 2023 — the fewest of his 16-year career.
At this point, it looks like it might be best for Brown to retire. Yes, he's still missing a Super Bowl ring, does he really want to put his near-40-year-old body through another grueling campaign? I can't see it happening.
Look for the Jets to potentially find a replacement for Brown through the 2024 NFL Draft.