Gilchrist's exodus is a sign that the Jets are supremely confident in their young safeties to produce right out of the gate, filling the void of a reliable, if not transcendent veteran.
He sustained a torn patellar tendon in his knee December 11 at the 49ers. Gilchrist started and played in 29 straight games for the Jets in '15 and '16 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 14 past year. He had five interceptions and one forced fumble during his time with the organization. By releasing him, the Jets will save $4.6 million of that, leaving a $2.8 million "dead" charge. He signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 after spending the first four years of his career with the San Diego Chargers. NY also declined Pryor's fifth-year option on his rookie contract after a dismal third season.More news: Espionage racket: UP ATS rounds up two more ISI operatives in Mumbai
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First round draft pick Jamal Adams, second round pick Marcus Maye and Calvin Pryor will likely compete for the top two starting spots - if Pryor isn't traded before the start of the season.
The Jets announced they waived Gilchrist after two seasons with the club. Carter played in 13 games for Gang Green last season.