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Current Cap Hits: D'Brickashaw Ferguson ($11.7 million), Nick Mangold ($7.2 million), Brian Winters ($689,969), Caleb Schlauderaff ($645,000), Oday Aboushi ($544,750), Wiliiam Campbell ($522,625), Ben Ijalana ($926,658)
Free Agents: Austin Howard, Willie Colon, Vladimir Ducasse
This is a position group that faces a ton of questions heading into free agency.
First, the entire right side of the offensive line is set to hit the open market. Willie Colon and Austin Howard proved themselves worthy on their respective one-year deals, and they will be looking to cash in on their success. Use of the franchise tag could be in play, particularly for Howard.
Meanwhile, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold have enjoyed stellar careers with the Jets so far, but their play is only going to decline from this point on. While unlikely, a restructuring is possible for these two somewhat-overpaid veterans who are eating up a ton of cap space for the position they play.
The good news is that—after using three draft picks on lineman last year—there is a lot of cheap, young talent on the team. If the Jets do lose a player or two in free agency, the cupboard is not completely dry, as some young players are waiting in the wings.