For The few veterans who survived the aggressive offseason purge by new management and are remnants of a gutted roster, the Jets’ locker room must have the look and feel of a transient bus station.

Understandably, the talk dominating this offseason has been about who will quarterback the Jets in 2013?

The locker of David Garrard, the veteran the Jets signed this offseason who was supposed to mentor second-round draft pick Geno Smith, was already cleared out yesterday, evidence of his sudden retirement because of recurring knee problems.

That leaves Mark Sanchez, who you get the feeling is the fans’ most despised Jets player since Blair Thomas, as the only experienced quarterback on the team and the leader in the clubhouse as the Week 1 starter.

So sure, the quarterback situation is a significant issue.

But one of the most complicated challenges the Jets face as their offseason conditioning program transitions into OTAs next week, then minicamp next month and eventually training camp in late July, is this: Who will emerge as team leaders?

When you trade Darrelle Revis, one of the best defensive players in the game, and opt not to re-sign dependable and respected locker room rocks such as Brandon Moore, Mike DeVito and Sione Po’uha, you leave your locker room exposed to a lack of leadership.

So this current period for Jets — more than two months until Cortland and more than three months away from the regular-season opener against Revis and the Buccaneers — is a critical building-block time for a team that could be in danger of being a rudderless ship unless leaders emerge.

The room is not devoid of candidates.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, who was one of the team’s most consistent and productive performers on the field last season, has stated his desire to become more of a team leader.