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Jets Offseason Moves: Rating the Likelihood of Offense Free Agents Staying

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Free agency is on the verge of beginning in 2016. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the key Jets free agents on the offensive side of the ball. On a scale from 1 to 10, this is the likelihood I see of some of the key players returning.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Likelihood of staying: 8/10

I think this probably makes too much sense for both sides to not eventually get done. The Jets are essentially back to square one on the most important position on the field if Fitzpatrick leaves. It also would not make a ton of sense to leave from Fitzpatrick's standpoint. He is near the end of the road. He has already made his money. After bouncing around the league, this is his chance to make a legacy for his career. He will probably not find another team to provide him a more comfortable offensive system or better receivers.

Chris Ivory

Likelihood of staying: 4/10

There hasn't been a whole lot of talk about Ivory. I tend to think he will be wearing another uniform in 2016, though. He was on a fairly small deal. This is his best chance to make a lot of money. Will the Jets want to invest a lot in a back who has shown talent but also inconsistency? He also has taken a pounding greater than his number of carries would suggest.

Bilal Powell

Likelihood of staying: 7/10

Powell seemed to find his niche near the end of the season and became an important part of the passing game. He was essentially the third option by the end of the year. I don't think he will get paid much off one stretch in an injury-plagued season. I do think he has value to the Jets, though.

Stevan Ridley

Likelihood of staying: 2/10

The only reason I would even put the odds this high is Ridley was coming off a serious knee injury. It can take players more than a year to fully recover from what Ridley was recovering from. He really did not add much for the Jets, though.

Willie Colon

Likelihood of staying 5/10

I could see the Jets bringing him back on the cheap as a veteran insurance policy at guard again. How much insurance can he provide, though? Nobody can count on him to stay healthy. He has only ended one season since 2010 without a serious injury.