The New York Jets continue the transaction circus by releasing safety Marcus Gilchrist and re-signing linebacker Bruce Carter.
The New York Jets released safety Marcus Gilchrist on Thursday.
Gilchrist’s future with the Jets was up in the air after he had surgery in December to fix a torn tendon in his right knee. Last week, the Jets drafted Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye and that sealed the safety’s fate.
“We like Marcus Gilchrist, but it was tough with the injuries,” Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio. “We wish him well in the future.”
Gilchrist signed with Gang Green as a free agent in 2015. He would have counted for $7.4 million in cap space but the Jets save $4.6 million of that by releasing him, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN. The Jets now have $2.8 million in dead money. The safety played in 29 games for New York and had five interceptions, one forced fumble, and 135 combined tackles, according to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com.
In addition to releasing Gilchrist, the Jets re-signed linebacker Bruce Carter. Carter signed with Gang Green last year and had 13 tackles and five special teams tackles.