The New York Jets have missed the playoffs for the 13th straight year. The pressure is beginning to mount for general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh. They've gone 7-10 in back-to-back seasons, and that is simply not good enough.
The Jets have a few upcoming free agents scheduled to hit the open market and there will be some tough decisions made on who will be returning. Here are a few players that New York should let go during free agency.
1. Mekhi Becton, OT
Becton was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and had a promising rookie campaign before injuries piled up the following two seasons. Becton returned to the field in 2023 ready to prove he's a bookend tackle for the future but things went in the opposite direction.
Kudos to the 24-year-old playing in a career-high 16 games but that wasn't good enough. The Louisville product struggled immensely in both pass protection and run blocking.
This past season, Becton finished second in the NFL in pressure allowed (18) and tied for first in sacks allowed (12).
ESPN's reporter Rich Cimini hinted that New York and Becton may be parting ways during the offseason.
On his podcast "Flight Deck" Cimini said, "I do not foresee Mekhi Becton going back to the Jets in any form next year. They are not going to tag him, I can tell you that much and I’d be really surprised if they signed him unless it was a one-year prove-it deal."
New York will surely be in the market for a new offensive tackle but Becton may not be in the cards.