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Five NY Jets expected to cash in during free agency (and a few might surprise you)

As the New York Jets enter the offseason, just one free agent will be on the hunt for a new deal with his name on the marquee in 2024.

That would be Bryce Huff, fresh off back-to-back seasons as one of the league’s top pressure men off the edge.

And the former undrafted free agent hit double-digit sacks in 2023 – 10 1/2 – in total, which only stands to increase his value.

But according to Pro Football Focus, Huff may not command what many Jets fans think on the market.

PFF’s analysts project Huff will receive a three-year contract worth $16.6 million a season.

That would make Huff the league’s 16th highest paid pass rusher.

The guaranteed dollars are more impressive, with Huff projected to earn $35 million over the same three-year span.

Huff had a 79.7 PFF grade in 2023 but his reps were rotational and weighted heavily toward the pass rush.

He’s listed as the NFL’s 18th ranked free agent for 2024.

Next in line, at 47, is an offensive tackle who looked like he’d be anchoring the Jets line for the next decade back in his rookie year.

That seems like an eternity ago now.

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Mekhi Becton missed the better part of 2 1/2 seasons before returning to play almost every game this year.

He’s dropped weight but didn’t look like his old self, giving up 15 sacks and, more surprisingly, struggling against the run where he dominated as a rookie.

PFF projects Becton will land a 1 year prove-it deal for $5 million in 2024.

He’s also projected to get $3 million guaranteed.

Jordan Whitehead had a bounce-back year on one of the NFL’s scariest secondaries.

He had a 68.1 PFF grade, which ranked him as 38th of the league’s 93 safeties.

Pro Football Focus placed him in the 86th spot among free agents.

At a projected 2 year, $6 million contract, the Jets may end up bringing back the center fielder in 2024.

Or, with a pile of safeties often on the market each offseason, they may look elsewhere for a player in the same range.

At 30 years old, Quinton Jefferson, is likely on his way to another 1-year deal in the NFL.

He had a career-high sacks with the Jets, who surrounded him with talent, but his PFF grade didn’t show it.

The rotation player’s struggles against the run were a big reason his PFF grade was a poor 52.8 in 2023.

He’s expected to land a 1 year, $3.5 million contract.

Carl Lawson slots in at 99 – a steep fall from the last time he was a free agent and the top price in the Jets 2021 class.

Lawson has often won with hustle and straight line speed-to-power.

But since tearing his achilles, he’s struggled to return to form.

He spent most of 2023 outside the Top 53 who dressed for games.

He’s still likely to get another look, in a league where pass rush potential pays the bills.

He’s likely to see a $3.15 million, 1 year deal similar to what Jadaveon Clowney earned in 2023.

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