New York Jets: Team Cuts Four Players but Was It Right Decision?

Sammy Makki@sammymetsfanAnalyst IMarch 2, 2011

New York Jets: Team Cuts Four Players but Was It Right Decision?

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    On Monday, the Jets decided to let go of four players from their roster ahead of the potential NFL lockout that's looming. There is a chance that the Jets could resign any of these players and two in particular, but was there a reason for all four of them to be let go?

    The Jets made it to their second straight AFC Championship game last season and it's not as if they need a complete makeover.

    Here's a list of each player who was cut and a reason on why the decision might have been made, along with the possibility each player could return to the team.

Vernon Gholston

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    One of the four cuts the Jets made was letting go of all-time bust Vernon Gholston. The soon-to-be 25-year-old played three seasons with the team after being drafted sixth overall in 2008.

    As a defensive end, Gholston was supposed to be a guy who would make a career of recording sacks and being disruptive, but he never showed anything whatsoever in his brief stint.

    Once Rex Ryan became head coach in 2009, one of his projects was to turn Gholston into a respectable player, but it never happened.

    After three seasons, it's clear that Gholston will never be able to contribute and some people thought he'd be a bust coming out of college. He will arguably go down as one of the biggest—if not the biggest—bust in Jets history.


    2010 Stats

    12 tackles (seven solo, five assists), zero sacks

    Career Stats (three seasons)

    42 tackles (24 solo, 18 assists), zero sacks

    Chance of returning to Jets


Kris Jenkins

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    It's really a sad story for Kris Jenkins, but it's a tough business and after two consecutive season-ending major knee injuries, he was cut from the Jets.

    Jenkins played in all 16 games of the 2008 season, his first with the team, but only played a combined seven games over the past two seasons. He tore the ACL in his left knee in October of 2009, ending his season after six games. Then he tore the same ACL again in the first game of last season during the opener against the Ravens, immediately ending his season.

    Those injuries coupled with him going to be 32-years-old at season's start, has made the Jets decision relatively easy.

    He, though, could potentially be resigned to a smaller contract if the team decides to head in that direction, but it would be a major risk after he's blown his knee out twice.

    Jenkins had been a mostly reliable nose tackle in his career dating back to his days in Carolina, but it appears his career could be over.


    Career Stats (10 seasons)

    279 tackles (220 solo, 59 assists), 24 sacks

    Chance of returning to Jets

    Little to none 

Jason Taylor

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    Although not really a major shocker, you'd figure the Jets would've brought Jason Taylor back for one more season and can if they wish.

    The linebacker didn't have an awful first season with the team as Taylor recorded five sacks, but he's aging and it may be time to move in another direction.

    He came over from the Dolphins as one of the big free-agent signings of last offseason, trying to come to the "hot" team that had aspirations of winning the Super Bowl although it didn't work out too well. Taylor had a bad postseason in three games, only having seven tackles and not registering one sack.

    One of the Jets biggest needs this offseason, whether it be in the draft or through free agency, is getting a legitimate linebacker who can be a pass rusher. Being Taylor will turn 37 when the season starts, he may not be that guy anymore.


    2010 Stats

    36 tackles (25 solo, 11 assists), five sacks

    Career Stats (14 seasons)

    756 tackles (510 solo, 246 assists), 132.5 sacks

    Chance of returning to Jets

    Slight possibility 

Damien Woody

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    Of all four players, Damien Woody doesn't only have the best shot at returning, but he'll most likely be the opening-game right tackle for the Jets.

    It's weird that they released him because before his injury in the Wild Card playoff game against the Colts, Woody was a valuable member of perhaps the best offensive line in pro football.

    He did a nice job at right tackle and being rookie Vladimir Ducasse didn't show much in his brief playing time, it would be strange for the Jets not to resign Woody.

    He's been a good offensive lineman in his 12 seasons in the NFL. Look for the Jets to resign him sooner than later.


    Chance of returning to Jets

    Extremely likely