After trading cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers in 2013, they used a first-round pick on former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
The bad news is that it hasn’t worked out. The good news is that Revis has since returned.
Per multiple reports, the Jets won’t be picking up the fifth-year option on Milliner’s contract, qualifying him for free agency after 2016. He’ll need to do a lot more than he has in three NFL seasons to maximize his earnings on the open market, especially after playing in only 20 career regular-season games.
Because Milliner was a top-1o pick, it would have cost $11.9 million to keep Milliner for a fifth season. So the decision was a no-brainer regarding a guy who has to date been among the 40 percent or so of first-round picks who don’t work out.