Surgeries. Retirements. Indecision and insecurity about next season.
Yet many of the players we haven't heard from in a while were optimistic about their own futures with the Green & White.
"It was real frustrating," Goodson said of his 10 games of rehab. "I was working in slow and I was making plays. I felt myself coming along strong. And then I had the injury. It's discouraging and encouraging because I know what I can do. My knee is feeling stronger and stronger every day, so come next year, man, I'll be ready."
But Goodson wasn't yet ready to commit himself to being on the field for the 2014 OTAs from April to June.
"I'm not sure," he said. "It feels good. I really don't have a measuring stick. I've just got to listen to what the trainers tell me. I feel good, though. I feel good. It feels really good."
Cribbs is happy as his teammates are at Rex Ryan's announced return for 2014, but he expressed much gratitude today to the general manager who signed him early in the season.
"I love it here. This is football heaven," Cribbs said. "I want to play hard for this organization. John Idzik really gave me an opportunity to find myself again. I have a chip on my shoulder and every game I do good and I'm able to play good for him, I'm giving him handshakes and hugs. I owe a lot to him and I want to play for him next year. He believed in me, he took a chance, and I'm trying to make it pay off."
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"It happened all during the year. I was just up and down, so we just came to the conclusion where they had to sit me down," said Hill, the second-year WR who missed the last four games. "I just kept a positive outlook on it. We'll make sure we get this corrected, now that I don't have to have surgery, and just get the knee stronger."
But Hill had other reasons to be antsy on this last day with his teammates in the Jets locker room until the offseason program starts up again in April. He's about to become a father for the first time and he had to exit the locker room quickly to catch a plane home.
It seems all teams are looking to get younger these days, even Team Hill.