7:18pm: Kerley’s release is official, as Randy Lange of the Jets’ website writes.
3:07pm: The Jets are releasing Jeremy Kerley, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (Twitter link). Kerley will become an unrestricted free agent and will be free to sign with any team.
New York has already made a few other significant moves today at it looks to reshape its offense — the club has agreed to sign running back Matt Forte, and has also released tight end Jeff Cumberland. Of course, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, perhaps the most significant piece of the the Jets’ offensive unit, is a free agent, as the team did not come to an agreement to re-sign him before free agency began.
Kerley, 27, agreed to an extension about 18 months ago, but it was the previous Jets front office that negotiated that deal. Cutting Kerley will save New York $1.3MM on the salary cap, but they’ll also incur $1.8MM in dead money. Largely written out of the offense in 2015, Kerley posted the worst statistics of his career, hauling in only 16 passes for 152 yards.
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