Monday was cut day in the NFL. Earlier, big names Clinton Portis and Tommie Harris were let loose by their respective teams. Now several veteran Jets are reportedly on the open market.
The Jets have released offensive tackle Damien Woody, lineback Vernon Gholston, defensive lineman Kris Jenkins and linebacker Jason Taylor, according to the New York Daily News.
I see these cuts fitting into two separate categories:
1) Veterans that were found to be replaceable: Woody and Jenkins.
Both great players, but injuries have gotten in the way. Woody missed the tail end of the 2010 season and the entire playoffs, but backup Wayne Hunter stepped in and played fine at the right tackle position.
Jenkins, a three-time All-Pro, was a force in his first year in New York after being dealt from Carolina in 2008, but he’s started just seven games in the last two seasons. Despite that, the Jets have been to the conference championship back-to-back years without him.
2) Guys that just didn’t have it in them: Gholston and Taylor.
But for completely different reasons, of course. Taylor is a six-time Pro Bowler with a potential Hall of Fame resume. He just doesn’t have a lot of gas left in the tank and it’s not clear how focused he is on his football career at this point in time. The 36-year-old started just five games in 2010.
Gholston never had any gas in the tank. After a great college career at Ohio State, he’s been a tremendous disappointment at the professional level. The former No. 6 overall pick has zero sacks in 45 games. His career could very well be over.
Of the six notable players cut today, three were top-17 picks. Between the six of them: 23 Pro Bowl appearances.