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Funny, but with all the attention being given to the NY/NJ bid for the 2014 Superbowl I began to wonder who will even be left from the 2010 Jets roster by then. Four years in the NFL is a long time.
Consider the current roster of players and we find just 11 players who have been with the team for 4 years or longer:
More than half of those guys were drafted in '06.
So who will still be on the roster in 2014?
When looking over the roster I considered 4 factors: age, talent, contract and durability. This is what I came up with:
Mark Sanchez, Dustin Keller, Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Matt Slauson, Vladimir Ducasse, John Conner, Mike Devito, David Harris, James Ihedigbo, Dwight Lowery, Darrelle Revis, Donovan Warren, Jamaal Westerman, Kyle Wilson.
A case could be made for Braylon Edwards, but if he re-signs I somehow don't see him being here in 4 years. He's already 27 years old and plays a physical style.
Vernon Gholston is an interesting case. It kind of looks like the writing is on the wall for him after this year, but maybe if he has a good year and re-works his contract he could stick around.
So in the end I went with 15 players. Not bad keeping 1/3 of the roster for another 4 years, but that's still a lot of new faces. Makes me appreciate what we have now.
Anyone you would add to the list? Subtract from the list?