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A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:
1. Starting over: After focusing on the offense last offseason, general manager Joe Douglas will shift his attention to the defense in 2021. Translation: You will barely recognize the lineup next season.
The Jets could have as many as seven new starters by the time Douglas gets done cleaning house and restocking via free agency and the draft. It won’t take a lot of brainpower to strip it down, considering seven of the top nine snap leaders are heading to free agency — safeties Marcus Maye and Bradley McDougald; cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Brian Poole; and linebackers Tarell Basham, Jordan Jenkins and Neville Hewitt. Defensive lineman Henry Anderson isn’t a free agent, but his large salary-cap charge ($9.5 million) makes him a likely casualty.
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Of this group, Maye is the only A-list free agent.
The Jets have a league-low $37 million on defense committed to the 2021 salary cap, according to Over The Cap, which says everything about the talent level. It’s no wonder they’re 27th in yards