The Jets have released Pro-Bowl left guard Alan Faneca.
This news was just confirmed by Manish Mehta via Twitter (posted below):
BREAKING: I'm reporting that the #Jets cut Alan Faneca. More on nj.com in a bit.
This news is a surprise to no one as Faneca's name had been mentioned many times this week and there were rumors he would be moved during the draft. Unfortunately, they could not work out a trade involving him so we received nothing in return.
It appears this was a cost-cutting move. Faneca was scheduled to make $7.5 million this season. $5.25 million of it was guaranteed.
After the Jets selected Vladimir Ducasse with their second-round selection, it was clear what their motives were. Good move though, as we are very veteran at the guard position. While his run-blocking has always been solid, Faneca was sub-par in pass protection last year and got beat many times.
I'm a bit upset we couldn't pick up anything in return. Everyone knows someone is going to pick him up for a short-term deal. I worry that he may go to New England.
It's a little upsetting to see a nine-time Pro Bowler who is a leader both on and off the field, depart with nothing in return. With both him and Thomas Jones gone, they have now lost two of their bigger leaders in the locker room. Coupled with the fact that they have brought in many new faces for this upcoming season.... (...... I need some Tums)
The official announcement from the Jets will come Monday.