3 Worst Jets Contracts to Overcome This Offseason

The New York Jets have a few terrible contracts that are holding them back.

Dec 11, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets guard Laken Tomlinson (78) on the sidelines
Dec 11, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets guard Laken Tomlinson (78) on the sidelines / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets will have their hands full over the next few months to vastly improve their roster. The pressure is through the roof for New York to get over the hump and snap its 13-year playoff drought.

Teams will have a chance to add more talent to their roster beginning with free agency in March. Per Spotrac, New York only has an estimated $7 million in cap space but that could rise with some contract restructures and cuts.

The Jets have dished out some bad deals over the last few years that are coming back to bite them. Below we'll discuss the three worst contracts on the roster.

1. C.J. Uzomah, TE

Tight end C.J. Uzomah came to the Big Apple in March 2022 on a three-year, $24 million deal. He was brought in for his leadership and ability to attack the seams as a pass-catcher. Before coming to New York, Uzomah was with the Cincinnati Bengals and made a positive impact.

The Auburn product had 1,591 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns from 2015-2021. For some reason, this production didn't translate to Gang Green. Uzomah struggled immensely as a blocker and failed to be an asset in the passing attack.

Over the last two seasons, Uzomah only reeled in 29 catches for 290 yards and three scores. It's hard to see the Jets bringing him back in 2024. Cutting Uzomah would save New York $5.3 million against the cap but he will carry a $5.9 million dead cap hit. They can easily replace Uzomah's production and they have Jeremy Ruckert on the roster to do so.