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5 Free Agents The New York Jets Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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5 Free Agents The New York Jets Should Re-Sign This Offseason

5 Free Agents The New York Jets Should Re-Sign This Offseason
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I have a hard time categorizing the New York Jets’ 2013 season. I can’t call it a success, as they were always disappointing and constantly losing games they could have won. Then again, they won games they should have lost too. Depending on the week, they could be either impressively improving or depressingly pathetic. Maddeningly inconsistent, the Jets are in for plenty of changes to their roster this offseason.

In the end, they finished with an 8-8 team that had hopeful moments, but the team is mostly heading in the wrong direction. Just a few years removed from back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances, they now have serious issues at almost every position. The defense showed signs of being its old dominant self, but rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the offense never really got on track. Some of those issues will get solved in free agency, some through the draft, but some will have to be fixed by making strategic, cap-friendly re-signings of their own free agents.

The Jets are finally in a good place with the cap, but a lot of the room they will be clearing this offseason will go towards re-signing defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson, who should have been a pro bowler this season, will cost them a lot of money to keep him in a New York uniform after next season.

Wilkerson may be one player they can keep from ever becoming a free agent, but these are five players who are due to hit the open market this season and the Jets should make sure end up back in New York.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Austin Howard

Austin Howard
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The Jets should bring back offensive tackle Austin Howard to sure up their shaky offensive line. Howard, who played on a one-year deal in 2013, is only 26 and will most likely require a multi-year contract to stay in New York.

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4. Nick Folk

Nick Folk
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Kicker Nick Folk had one of his best seasons as a pro in 2013. One of the lone bright spots on the Jets, Folk was successful on 33-of-36 field goal attempts for a career-high 92 percent. At just 29, locking up the kicker spot would be wise for the Jets this offseason.

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3. Willie Colon

Willie Colon
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Despite tearing his bicep in the Week 17 finale, the Jets are likely to bring back Guard Willie Colon. Colon started all 16 games for the Jets this season and was especially effective in pass protection, something they will sorely need no matter who is under center next season.

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2. Calvin Pace

Calvin Pace
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Linebacker Calvin Pace, who appeared in all 16 games for the Jets this past season, should be brought back for depth and leadership if nothing else. Pace had a respectable 55 tackles and a more than respectable 10 sacks in 2013.

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1. Kellen Winslow Jr.

Kellen Winslow Jr.
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Kellen Winslow, who caught 31 balls for two touchdowns this past season, will never live up to his first-round draft hype, but he is still a serviceable NFL tight end. The Jets would be wise to hold onto anyone capable of making plays in the passing game.