The New York Jets released 4 veterans the other day, just days before the current CBA expires.
The Jets severed ties with Kris Jenkins, Jason Taylor, Damien Woody and Vernon Gholston.
Let’s take a closer look at how each player cut will affect the team
Kris Jenkins– This was expected as there was no way the Jets were going to pay Jenkins’ scheduled salary of $4.9 million. “Big Jenks” was a beast for the Jets back in 2008, but only played 6 games in 2009 before going down with a knee injury and only lasted one quarter in 2010. Jenkins will be 32 before next season, if there is one, and you have to wonder how much, if anything, he has left in the tank? The man has now had 4 major knee surgeries in his career and has barely played the last two seasons. If he can rehab and get back in shape, the Jets could look to sign him for close to the minimum.
Jason Taylor– The Jets release of Taylor could be the final act in his illustrious career. Playing as a part time player last season, Taylor made his fair share of big plays notching 5 sacks and a flair to come through in a big moment (safety against Pittsburgh, strip sack of Brady in the Week 2 win). However, it became clear that this Taylor was a shade of his former self. He disappeared for long stretches during games and slowed down at the end of the season. The Jets should look to the draft to find a young pass rusher to take Taylor’s place. Expect to see Taylor sign a one day contract to retire with the Dolphins at some point this offseason too.
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