After drafting both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets secondary was a little too crowded. Well consider it a little bit more spacious now. The Jets announced on Thursday afternoon that they have decided to release veteran Marcus Gilchrist and waive two other players including cornerback Nick Marshall.
Gilchrist signed with the Jets in March 2015 and played 29 games before landing on the DL with a knee injury in December 2016. Gilchrist was largely productive without being outstanding for the Jets. In 29 games he managed to record 5 interceptions and 10 passes defensed to go with 137 tackles.
Gilchrist was rated as the best coverage defender for the Jets in 2016, but considering the competition he had for that title, it's not the most prestigious award out there. The hope is that the versatility of both Adams and Maye will allow the Jets to mix up their coverages while improving their overall coverage grade.
With both Maye and Adams expected to dominate snaps, it made sense to cut Gilchrist who is coming back from a serious knee injury. The Jets will also save $4.625 million by cutting Gilchrist.
All eyes will now turn to Calvin Pryor. Several reports suggested that Pryor was being shopped during the draft, and there are no guarantees that he'll be on the roster come opening day.
The Jets also announced that they have waived cornerback Nick Marshall who was acquired from the Jaguars practice squad in October, he went on to play 8 games for the Jets. Along with Marshall, the Jets made the decision cut FB Chris Swain.