The Jets continued with the theme of purging the roster of veterans by releasing safety Marcus Gilchrist. He suffered a patellar tendon tear in his right knee last December which ended his season early. The move will save the Jets money against the salary cap.
Maccagnan: We like Marcus Gilchrist but it was tough with the injuries. Wish him well in the future. @BrianCoz
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 4, 2017
Gilchrist had contract restructured last season (base salary was converted to SB), so there's $2.75m in dead money left, $4.625m cap rebate.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 4, 2017
When Gilchrist joined the Jets in 2015 he became part of a secondary that already had cornerbacks Antonio Cromarite, Darrelle Revis and Buster Skrine. Now Skrine is the only player left as the Jets continue their youth movement. The team added two new safeties during the recently completed NFL draft. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are both expected to be immediate contributors.
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