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The Jets have a truckload of unrestricted free agents this offseason. I list them here based on how likely they are to return and how vital they are to the Jets' roster.
Almost Guaranteed to Return
Wide receiver Braylon Edwards is not a highly desirable wide receiver at this point in his career. He was dumped by the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks without receiving much playing time. With the Jets having one of the thinnest wide receiver groups in the NFL, it makes sense for Edwards to stay. New York is probably the only place he could receive playing time.
Kicker Nick Folk had a resurgent year and is likely to stay as well.
Important to Keep
Defensive end Mike DeVito is an unsung hero for the Jets, and the team should try its best to keep him. He plays primarily end but can also fill in at nose tackle, which he had to do when both Sione Pouha and Kenrick Ellis were injured in 2012. He is a high-effort player and is excellent against the run.
Safety Yeremiah Bell is also a vital asset to the team. Currently, both starting safeties are unrestricted free agents.
Former Pro Bowler and starting right guard Brandon Moore might be expensive to keep, but he is an anchor along the offensive line and should be kept unless his market price explodes.
Likely to Leave
Running back Shonn Greene is likely to be allowed to go to another team, perhaps the Denver Broncos or Atlanta Falcons. He had a disappointing season, and backups Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight can fill his role.
Tight end Dustin Keller had a great relationship with quarterback Mark Sanchez. However, with Sanchez's starting job in peril, Keller's value is diminished. Backup Jeff Cumberland was as effective in 2012 as Keller, who would require a much higher salary than Cumberland. Keller is likely to "hit the open market" (via Brian Bassett of TheJetsBlog.com and Brian Costello of the New York Post).
Left guard Matt Slauson is a tough one to call, but he might be hitting the open market as well. The Jets might not want to shell out money for both Moore and Slauson. It may be one or the other.
Should Be Let Go
Safety LaRon Landry is demanding an enormous contract and should be let go.
Wide receiver Chaz Schilens is not an NFL-quality receiver and should be gone in 2013, especially if Braylon Edwards stays. Schilens received playing time in 2012 only because of the multitude of injuries to Jets receivers.
Linebacker Bryan Thomas will probably be gone, especially if the Jets draft a linebacker. Thomas received heavily diminished snaps in 2012 due to his age. The only way he could stay would be on a minimum contract.
Fullback Lex Hilliard had a poor season in 2012 but might be kept on a minimum contract.