The Jets didn’t have a lot of cap room heading into free agency, which was a big factor in losing defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Giants and is likely part of the reason why they’re parting ways with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.
According to multiple reports, the Jets have released Kerley at the start of the new league year on Wednesday afternoon. The Jets are also moving on without tight end Jeff Cumberland.
Kerley was a fifth-round pick of the Jets in 2011 and carved out a regular role as a slot receiver on offense and special teams stalwart during his years with the team. That offensive role went down sharply in 2015, however, and Kerley ended the year with just 16 catches despite playing in every game.
The move saves the Jets $1.3 million in cap space, which they may use toward the effort to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is the top quarterback on the free agent market and has reportedly been asking for more than the Jets are willing to pay for his services to this point in their talks.