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It goes without saying that Wayne Hunter's stock is down, but man is it down.
This all goes back to the 2011 season, where Hunter struggled mightily, allowing 11 sacks and more quarterback hits than any other tackle in the National Football League according to Pro Football Focus via The New York Post.
Despite last year's horrific performance the Jets chose not to address the right tackle position in the 2012 NFL draft, with new offensive line coach telling reporters in May according to ESPN's Rich Cimini that "Until they ship [Hunter] out of this building or until they shoot me dead in my office, that son of a gun's going to be the starting right tackle, and he's going to play well."
However, things didn't get any better this year; and after allowing two and a half sacks and having another nullified by a penalty in the Jets' second preseason game against the New York Giants, head coach Rex Ryan had seen enough, something that didn't even surprise Hunter himself according to The New York Post's Brian Costello.
“Everybody knows, the whole [of] New York City knows that I’ve been struggling the last year, and the last game I didn’t do much better,” Hunter said. “So, I wasn’t surprised. I was waiting for it to be honest with you. I knew I was struggling. Everything was kind of going south for me.”
In fact, were it not for the fact that Hunter's $2.45 million salary for 2012 is guaranteed the 31-year-old might be out of a job altogether.