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Sione Pouha will be back; Brodney Pool will not be
Sione Pouha – 3 years, 8.5 million – He is the anchor of the Jets's defensive line and letting him go (and using Kenrick Ellis as NT) would be ludicrous. Re-signed with Jets on March 12.
Jim Leonhard – 2 years, 7 million – This would likely be an incentive heavy contract as he is an injury-prone safety who has not played a full season since 2009-2010.
Robert Turner – 2 years, 1.65 million – He is the depth of the offensive line. He obviously knows a lot about the offensive line and deserves a fighting chance with Wayne Hunter for the starting RT spot at training camp.
Nick Folk – 1 year, 850k – While he's not a great kicker, he has improved. He kicks well at the beginning of the season, but cools down as the weather becomes colder (no pun intended). I think if the Jets want a new kicker they could sign one to compete with Folk. Re-Signed with Jets on March 14.
Marquice Cole – 1 year, 725k – Cole is decent in coverage and a decent dime-back. Provides the Jets with strong depth in the defensive backfield.
Jamaal Westerman – None - He signed with the Dolphins. He was an average pass rusher for an undrafted free agent but his play against the run was humiliating and was one of the main reasons as to why the Jets were just average in stopping the run this past year. Signed with Miami Dolphins on March 15.
Aaron Maybin – 1 year, 1.3 million – A former bust with Buffalo, Maybin turned things around as the Jets' sack leader. With a full season under Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine and co. he could develop into a fine pass rusher. I also firmly believe that he is playing the correct position now as a constantly rush OLB. The salary is high, but it is mandatory because the Jets gave him a 1st round tender.
Brodney Pool – None – He was not a good injury fill-in and overall has not done much to impress me or the Jets. I could see him being a late Free Agency re-signing by the Jets because he has had two years with them and is good veteran depth. Signed with Dallas Cowboys on March 15.
Donald Strickland – None – I like Strickland because he does not get the credit he deserves. While he has given up his fair share of passes, he has also displayed some good man coverage ability, albeit inconsistent.
Matthew Mulligan – None – He was constantly flagged for bad penalties and was never a great blocking tight end in the first place. He also could not catch the ball besides one deep ball in Week 17.
Bryan Thomas – 1 year, 1 million - He was re-signed by the Jets on March 13, 2012 to a one year deal for a low salary. I guess the Jets want him to be good depth in the linebacking core, and is more important now with the departure of Jamaal Westerman. Re-signed with Jets on March 13.
Kevin O’Connell – None – I was never really sure why the Jets kept him. He never even got to go in the game. My only guess is that he knew the system and was once on the Patriots. However, both the Jets and Patriots have new offensive coordinators so O'Connell is useless in that sense.
Mark Brunnell – None – I strongly detested the addition of Brunnell. He was never going to challenge Sanchez for the job, he is left handed, and above all, he was learning the system just as Sanchez was. He was completely useless and should not be on the team after March 13.
Plaxico Burress – None – He did his job, just not all that well. He knows he is not staying, and he seems to be fine with this. Seems to me he just wanted his money and an opportunity for a bigger contact.
LaDainian Tomlinson – None – He doesn't have anything good to say publicly about the Jets locker room so why should he stay? He wants to play but he wouldn't serve as good depth and does not want to join a new team. He's going to wait in the free agency pool and then by April he will be retired.