clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

New York Jets 2021 free agency outlook

The Jets head into 2021 free agency coming off an 2-14 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

NFL: New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets season was a mess once again in the 2020 season even through the end of the season when they lost out on the No. 1 draft pick. The Jets finished with a 2-14 record and are restarting on plenty of areas in the organization. New York has a ton of cap space to work with this offseason and will need to make plenty of decisions to improve the future of this franchise.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $176 to $180 million, according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

The Jets were not among the teams that utilized the franchise tag in the 2020 offseason, and it appears likely they will stay way from it again in 2021. If there is one player New York appears eager to bring back, it is safety Marcus Maye. General Manager Joe Douglas has already said bringing him back is a top priority, but it is likely Maye will like a long-term deal and with the Jets having a lot of money to spend, they will likely opt to sign him to a new contract outside of the franchise tag if he returns.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $63,475,814

2021 transactions

Free agent signings


Free agent departures




Notable unrestricted free agents

* Denotes Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

Jets 2021 Free Agents

Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
QB Joe Flacco Jets
RB Frank Gore Jets
RB Josh Adams* Jets
WR Breshad Perriman Jets
WR Vyncint Smith* Jets
TE Daniel Brown Jets
TE Ross Travis Jets
RG Pat Elflein Jets
C Josh Andrews Jets
EDGE Tarell Basham Jets
EDGE Jordan Jenkins Jets
DT Trevon Coley Jets
LB Neville Hewitt Jets
LB Harvey Langi* Jets
LB Frankie Luvu* Jets
LB Bryce Hager Jets
LB Patrick Onwuasor Jets
CB Brian Poole Jets
CB Arthur Maulet Jets
CB Bennett Jackson Jets
S Marcus Maye Jets
S Bradley McDougald Jets
S Matthias Farley Jets