Here's a fun exercise to while away the hours on a quiet late-June evening...
From the players currently on the Jets' 91-man roster, how many of them and which ones specifically will still be with the team in 2024?
This is no simple task, given that nobody is under contract past 2023. In fact, CJ Mosley is the only player under contract for 2023, although once he signs Quinnen Williams will hypothetically join him with that 2023 season being represented by his fifth-year option.
10 players will be under contract for 2022 when Williams and Chuma Edoga sign their rookie deals. The only non-rookies being Mosley, Quincy Enunwa, Trumaine Johnson and Le'Veon Bell. Bell, Mosley and Enunwa will all turn 30 in 2022, while Johnson is even older than that by a couple of years.
Had we asked you this question as the team headed into the offseason after the 2014 season, there would have been just five players that were still there five years later. Bilal Powell and Quincy Enunwa were on the active roster at the end of the season - Enunwa having only just been activated a few days before. Rontez Miles and Brian Winters ended the season on the injured list and Brent Qvale was on the practice squad.
In fact, there's not that many other players on that final roster who are still in the league at all. Counting them up, there's maybe eight or nine who are currently signed to a team. The rest are out of the league or still looking for a deal for 2019.
The Jets don't have a very old roster. Only one player is older than 30 (the 33-year old Steve McLendon) and 65 of the 91 are 26 or younger. Of course that includes all of the rookies and first-year players, who are nearly all long-shots.
It would be surprising to see so many of them out of the league completely in five years' time again but the strength of the current roster and how well the players develop will determine this.
So, what do you think? Which players would you expect to still be around in five years time and which of them will still be with the Jets?