With the offseason now here, and free agency set to begin in a few weeks, the New York Jets have to prioritize their roster in case key players sign elsewhere.

Without a doubt, the most valuable Jets player set to hit free agency is Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson had a terrific 2015 season with a career high 12 sacks, and for the fourth time in five years, he didn't miss a single game.

The Jets could very well franchise tag Wilkerson, but that does have its downsides. Sometimes players feel disrespected by not getting the long-term deal, and the Jets should do everything they can do to get him signed regardless. The Jets do have other key free agents, so there is a possibility they may not be able to re-sign Wilkerson.If that is the case, the Jets do have other pass rusher options in free agency this offseason.

Von Miller

The most obvious big-name pass rusher with an expiring contract is Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. Miller has been a standout ever since the Denver Broncos drafted him No. 2 overall in 2011. Miller can wreck a game for any offensive line and quarterback in this league, but the Jets shouldn't get their hopes up too much here. In all likelihood, John Elway and the Broncos will either franchise tag Miller or work out a nice long-term deal. The odds of Miller becoming a Jet next season are extremely slim.

Tamba Hali

An underrated player who the Jets could focus on is Tamba Hali. Hali has made the last six consecutive Pro Bowls and he is a versatile player. With the Kansas City Chiefs, Hali has recorded 86 sacks since being drafted in the first round in 2006. Like Wilkerson, Hali also has a history of staying healthy during the season as he has only missed four games in his entire career. The Chiefs may have to let Hali walk to save salary cap space.

Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul is set to be a free agent after a very complicated year. The Super Bowl winning defensive end missed much of this previous season due to a fireworks incident that badly injured his hand. That accident not only badly injured Pierre-Paul, but it cost him a lot of money.

Pierre-Paul has played his entire career with the New York Giants; maybe he's willing to play in the same stadium but just for a different team.

Greg Hardy

Troubled Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy also has an expiring contract, and word around the league is that Jerry Jones will not re-sign him for next season. It's unknown whether or not if the Jets will explore this option.

Bruce Irvin and Mike Daniels are cheaper options for the Jets this offseason. Daniels will most likely get re-signed by the Green Bay Packers, but there's a very strong possibly that Irvin is going to walk away from the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have huge offensive line issues, and they do have to improve their wide receiver core.

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