The Jets drafted two studs - LSU's Jamal Adams and Florida's Marcus Maye - in back-to-back rounds on Thursday and Friday night.
The Jets released Marcus Gilchrist less than a week after they took safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in the first two rounds of the National Football League draft.
The Jets valued Gilchrist because he called the signals for the secondary, but he managed only five interceptions in two seasons.
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"We like Marcus Gilchrist but it was tough with the injuries". His release frees up $4.625 million in salary cap space for the Jets this season. Gilchrist missed the final three games of the 2016 season after tearing his patellar tendon in his right knee during the team's Week 14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Gilchrist's sidekick, starting strong safety Calvin Pryor, is no lock to be on the roster, as the Jets shopped the former first-round pick during the draft.
In addition to releasing Gilchrist, the Jets on Thursday re-signed backup inside linebacker Bruce Carter and waived cornerback Nick Marshall and fullback Chris Swain - both reserve players. The 29-year-old had 16 tackles in 13 games last season, his first with the Jets.