By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets have released safety Marcus Gilchrist. After selecting a pair of safeties, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, with their first two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jets made the long-awaited and expected move of getting rid of the veteran player. Gilchrist has been with the team since 2015, and was a nice fit originally for the Jets, but the time has come for both to move on.
Gilchrist played the free safety position opposite Calvin Pryor III, who is also a man the Jets will be moving on from in the future, as they declined his rookie-contract fifth-year option for 2018. Though he is currently under contract for 2017, the Jets will most likely try and trade Pryor in the coming months. If no trade can be worked out, Pryor may be able to slightly develop the young safeties in the offseason and through training camp.
With the drastic changes at the safety position, the Jets are definitely hoping the LSU and Florida products (Adams and Maye) will be able to fill the secondary positions for many years to come.
The Jets are experiencing quite the exodus in the secondary, and are going to be flaunting a lot of new faces come September, after the exits of Gilchrist and Darrelle Revis, along with the signing of free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne.
The Jets will hope to get the best out of, not to mention no injuries, from Claiborne, the former Dallas Cowboys corner.