A look at who could be out the door soon for Jets
FLORHAM PARK — The Jets didn’t start handing out pink slips when their rocky season reached an undesirable 3-6 plateau.
Too soon for pink slips.
But if the Jets don’t drastically turn around their season, beginning with Sunday’s game against the Rams at MetLife Stadium, there will a lot of personnel who should be concerned about their futures.
As Yogi Berra would have said, “It’s getting dark awfully early” at 1 Jets Drive.
Here are some personnel who potentially are facing their last games for Gang Green:
Darrelle Revis: The once All-World cornerback can no longer keep up with speedy receivers. As J.R. Smith, that noted basketball philosopher, tweeted earlier this season, Revis Island is “turning into a tourist resort.”
The Jets probably are going to ask Revis, a prideful man, to take a big cut on his team-leading $17 million per year salary, and become a safety. His salary cap hit is 10.79 percent of the whole team’s and the Jets would receive a $9 million cap savings if they let him go.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick gambled and lost when he settled for a one-year, $12 million deal during last off-season’s negotiations. He’ll get a lot less than that from another team when the Jets set him loose in January, which is almost a forgone conclusion.
Despite his rash of interceptions, he’ll be missed. He brings a professional outlook to a clubhouse that sometimes lacks it.
Brandon Marshall: After a Pro Bowl season in 2015, Marshall isn’t getting it done this time. The Jets are not getting what they’re paying Marshall for — $9.5 million for too many dropped passes, too many shoutouts on the sidelines.
Part of Marshall’s fallout can be attributed to Eric Decker’s season-ending injury. Even so, this might be the time to show the well-traveled Marshall, who has yet to be on a playoff team, the exit.
Nick Mangold: This would be a hard decision to make. The 11-year center still can play, but injuries are starting to take a toll. He won’t play Sunday against the Rams, missing three straight games for the first time in his career.
Mangold makes $5.6 million per year, but his salary cap saving would be $8.6 million. Tough call.
David Harris: Very similar story to Mangold’s. Solid clubhouse leader, a fixture at linebacker for 10 seasons. But injuries, for the first time, have slowed him. Top-draft pick Darron Lee, who’s had his injuries, was brought in to eventually replace Harris, who makes $7.5 million. That could happen before this season is over.
Sheldon Richardson: The Jets shopped Richardson around before the trading deadline, probably to gauge who they could get in return. Richardson, who becomes a free agent after 2018, is a highly skilled player and is still working with his rookie contract of $1.67 million. What’s turning off the organization is his off-the-field police problems and his knack for missing team meetings. Don’t be surprised if the Jets send him packing.
Ryan Clady: After being placed on injury reserve earlier in the week, the veteran offensive tackle has probably played his last game as a Jet. Acquired after D’Brickashaw Ferguson retired, the former Denver Bronco had a recurring shoulder injury and had problems with younger bull rushing defensive ends. The Jets would receive a $10.5 million cap saving after they let him go.
Todd Bowles: You would have thought the head coach bought him some street cred with 10 wins in the first season of a four-year, $16 million contract, but Woody Johnson is one of the most impatient owners in the league (ask Eric Mangini). How Bowles continues to handle Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson’s goings on will be closely watched by those above the coach.
Briefs: Mangold and defensive back Marcus Williams (ankle) will sit out.
Good injury news, for a change. Lee is healthy and ready to go after missing three games with a shoulder injury.