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Bryce Huff, Mekhi Becton, Jets Free Agents' Projected Contracts

Joe Tansey

The New York Jets have one goal when it comes to their internal free agents.

The Jets need to get a deal done with Bryce Huff before they can focus on retaining any other player.

Huff is coming off a 10-sack season that generated interest from across the NFL.

The Jets can't afford to lose a pass-rusher of Huff's caliber as they attempt to ascend back up the AFC East standings in 2024.

The other internal free agents may be easier to let go, but a deal for Huff at a strong market value has to be the priority.

Bryce Huff

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Huff earned himself a raise with a 10-sack, 21-quarterback hit 2023 campaign.

The fifth-year player increased his sack total by 6.5 and had 11 more quarterback hits than the 2022 season.

The Jets declared last week they would not use the franchise tag on Huff, per Pro Football Talk.

Pro Football Focus ranked Huff as the No. 4 edge-rusher in the free-agent class. If he does not re-sign with the Jets, he would be coveted by teams that miss out on Brian Burns, Josh Allen and Danielle Hunter.

Huff should command somewhere between $13 and $18 million per season compared to how other edge-rushers across the league get paid.

He will not make anywhere close to what Nick Bosa and T.J. Watt earn, but he should be right around the range of the $17 million Hunter, Harold Landry and Arik Armstead made last season, per Spotrac.

The Jets have $22 million available in salary cap space entering Monday. They have enough money to shell out to Huff, and if that happens, they can maneuver their way around the cap to add more help on both sides of the ball.

Projection: Four years, $65 million

Mekhi Becton

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Mekhi Becton will most likely play the 2024 season somewhere else.

Injuries and poor performances hurt Becton throughout his Jets tenure.

The Jets need to make improvements on the offensive line and that should keep them far away from contract negotiations with Becton.

A rebuilding team with an offensive line need should reach out to Becton in an attempt to reignite his career.

After all, Becton is still 24 years old and he might benefit from a change of scenery after years in the New York spotlight.

Projection: Two years, $10 million

Jordan Whitehead

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Jordan Whitehead should be the No. 2 priority on defense for the Jets front office to re-sign.

The free-agent safety produced career bests in 2023 with 97 tackles and four interceptions.

Whitehead was one of the few bright spots throughout the entire 2023 season for the Jets. Losing him would create a big hole in the Jets' secondary.

Keeping Whitehead will not be easy since a handful of teams need secondary help and have more salary cap space than the Jets have to work with.

A new contract for Huff could impact how much money the Jets have to negotiate with Whitehead, unless they save some cap space with a few releases.

Whitehead is not in the top tier of safeties hitting free agency, but he can be productive in the right spot, as we saw with the Jets in 2023.

A healthy upgrade from the $1-$2 million Whitehead earned in previous seasons is in his future no matter who he signs with.

Projection: Three years, $15 million


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