The New York Jets showed many signs of improvement this year, but it wasn't good enough to make the playoffs. Even if they managed to defeat the Miami Dolphins in Week 18, the Jets were eliminated from postseason contention with last week's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, marking the 12th straight year that New York will miss the playoffs.
Although the Jets will likely challenge for a playoff spot again next year, more improvements must be made to get there. Not only must general manager Joe Douglas figure out which new players to bring in to achieve that goal, but he also needs to decide which current players won't return in 2023.
When it comes to the latter issues, here are three Jets who likely won't be back for the 2023 NFL season.
Jets Offseason Rumors
1. James Robinson, RB
When starting running back Breece Hall tore his ACL in October, the Jets went out and acquired James Robinson from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional pick. Unfortunately, the 24-year-old couldn't make the most of any opportunities he was given, tallying just 85 rushing yards on 29 carries (2.9 yards per attempt) in four games. Robinson's lackluster play opened the door for the emergence of Zonovan Knight off of the practice squad, leaving the former on the outside looking in. With Hall, Knight and Michael Carter all under contract next season, there's no real reason for Robinson to be brought back. He can still be a solid rusher in the NFL, but the Jets' backfield is way too clogged out for any meaningful opportunities.
2. Carl Lawson, DE
While Carl Lawson wasn't terrible in 2022, he didn't exactly live up to his $15,666,667 million cap hit. His seven sacks are a career-high, but his inconsistency left fans frustrated more often than not. Lawson can still come back for the 2023 campaign, but the truth is that the Jets should think twice before agreeing to that. According to Spotrac, New York can save a whopping $15 million by cutting Lawson during the offseason. That's a season-changing amount of money, especially if the Jets want to avoid another early offseason in 2023. A Lawson replacement can be signed for cheaper while the rest of the money can be used to improve other areas.
3. Corey Davis, WR
Staying healthy was a struggle for Corey Davis, once again, suiting up in only 12 games (nine starts) ahead of Week 18. Even if he stayed healthy, Davis averaged his fewest receiving yards per game (43.3) since 2019 and his 50.8% catch rate was the worst of his career. Now, the veteran wideout is set to enter 2023 with a cap hit north of $11 million and it's hard to see the Jets thinking he's worth that price. With Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore doing a great job as New York's top wide receivers, Davis is expendable — especially with New York being able to free up $11.1 million by cutting him. With better and more affordable options out there in free agency and the draft, don't count on Davis being a jet in 2023.
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