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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Marcus Maye, WR Jamison Crowder, WR-KR Braxton Berrios, QB Joe Flacco, RT Morgan Moses, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RB Tevin Coleman, DL Folorunso Fatukasi, LB Jarrad Davis, TE Tyler Kroft, DL Nathan Shepherd, WR Keelan Cole, K Eddy Pineiro, OL Dan Feeney, FB Nick Bawden, OL Greg Senat.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QB Mike White, DL Kyle Phillips.

NEEDS: The Jets haven’t made the playoffs in the NFL’s worst 11 straight seasons and their latest rebuild is entering its second year under coach Robert Saleh. It will be a big offseason for general manager Joe Douglas, who is in his third full year in charge. The roster has a lot of holes and needs, including pass rusher, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, linebacker, safety, and cornerback. Douglas acknowledged that he will be aggressive in trying to set up Saleh with a much more competitive roster — and that starts with having plenty of salary cap space for free agency. Part of the focus will be on whether the Jets will bring back some key players from past seasons, including Maye. The safety was given the franchise tag last year but is coming out of a torn Achilles tendon that ended his season early and faces legal issues after his DUI arrest and car crash in February 2021. Douglas seemed lukewarm as he brought it back. Crowder is likely headed elsewhere after leading the team in receptions for the past three years and being a strong slots receiver. New York has a tough decision on Berrios, who emerged as a playmaker on offense and was selected as an All-Pro as a kick returner. But the asking price might be a bit high. Moses and Duvernay-Tardif were solid starters on the right side of the line, and the Jets might want to get some consistency in personnel up front for second-year QB Zach Wilson. Fatukasi is an emerging force in running stuff and a locker room leader who could get big money elsewhere.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAPACITY (approximately): $48 million.

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Christy J. Olson