NFL Rumors: Where the New York Jets' Big Cuts Will End Up
With the uncertainty of the NFL labor situation, free agency will be frozen until a new CBA is signed. With that in mind, the New York Jets have already cut a few players, and more could be on their way.
The Jets cut a little bit of everything when they sent veteran Jason Taylor packing as well as draft bust Vernon Gholston.
The Jets have now met with Bob Sanders, and are not using the potential lockout as an excuse to be lazy in pursuing free agents.
The following slide show places the four players who were cut by the Jets—Jason Taylor, Vernon Gholston, Damien Woody and Kris Jenkins—on new teams come next season.
Feel free to comment below with your own best guess of their destination.
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The release of Damien Woody came as a surprise to most Jets fans as he was an anchor on a stellar offensive line.
Woody seems to be open to going anywhere, with a possibility that he could even return to the Jets.
Another possibility that makes the most sense is for him to go back and play for the New England Patriots. The Boston Herald reported that Woody would be open to returning to Massachusetts, where he already won two Super Bowl rings.
Woody could replace Stephen Neal, who retired from the Pats on Wednesday.
This would be a big blow for Jets fans, because not only would they be losing one of the best offensive linemen, but he would also be playing for a division rival.
It seems possible that Woody could also go to a team like Kansas City, but if I had to put my money on a team it would be the Patriots.
Best Bet: New England Patriots
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While most people around the NFL consider Gholston to be a pretty big draft bust, that won't stop plenty of teams from being interested in him.
The Oakland Raiders seem like a front-runner to take a chance on Gholston, as Al Davis can't get enough first round picks on his team.
The Browns seem like another team that could take a chance on Gholston, and they already have a slew of ex-Jets on their roster.
In general, Gholston should receive attention from almost every team, but he will not be paid nearly as much as he was coming out of college.
One interesting thing to note is he would have been paid another $9 million dollars if he had recorded a sack, but he never did it.
While it is a complete guess where this draft bust will end up next, I am pretty sure it won't be back with the Jets. I think the Raiders will offer him the most money and lure him into Oakland.
Best Bet: Oakland Raiders
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The release of Kris Jenkins made a lot of sense following back-to-back seasons with injuries that allowed him to only play a combined seven games.
Jenkins was due a $1 million roster bonus and $4.75 million. This is too much for a player that is in the second half of his career and could never be the same player as he was before the injuries.
The Jets may actually re-sign Jenkins for less money, as reported by Kristian Dyer of the New York Metro.
It seems very possible Jenkins would want to play for the Jets even if he was offered more money elsewhere, as they give him one of the best chances of winning a Super Bowl.
If the Jets choose to not re-sign Jenkins it seems as though some teams interested include the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, both of whom are in the market for a defensive tackle.
My best guess is that the Jets will respect Jenkins enough of a player to offer him a contract that will keep him in the green and white for another year.
Best Bet: New York Jets
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The last player on this list really only has two options: retire or re-sign with the Jets.
Taylor has reportedly said that the only team he will play for is the New York Jets, and it they don't offer him a contract then he will be forced to retire.
Taylor played alright last year, but not as good as some fans hoped. He is 36 years old and could easily quit the NFL and go on to a career in broadcasting or even talk show hosting.
Even with how much Rex Ryan likes and respects Jason Taylor, I don't see a spot for him on the roster.
With that being said, the Jets may want to bring his leadership skills back to the table, and if he still has some juice in him then I don't see why the Jets wouldn't want to use him on third downs.
Overall I think I lean towards Taylor retiring, but it would not surprise me if the Jets brought him back for one more year.
Best Bet: Retire