The New York Jets have just released the 2017 season schedule, but let's take a look at which major players have been released in the offseason, as we ponder who The New York Jets might pick up in the draft as well as who might be signed in the next few weeks.
On February 25, the New York Jets released center Nick Mangold after 11 amazing seasons and he became a free agent. After last year's injuries, many Jets fans were sure that Mangold would retire but as of today, no news has been forthcoming on his future as a center in the NFL.
Mangold is a 7 time Pro Bowl selection, and the New York Times ranked him the best center in the NFL in 2011. He was a first round draft pick for the New York Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft.
On February 23rd, the New York Jets released Breno Giacomini, tackle. Giacomini, selected in the 5th round by the Green Bay Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft, played for Green Bay from 2008 to 2010, then played for the Seattle Seahawks 2010 to 2013, and played for the New York Jets 2014 to 2016. He started every game in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but a back injury put him on reserve in the beginning of the 2016 season, then he was placed on injured reserve in December, 2016. He's now a free agent.
Our next release, a sad one, occurred on February 23rd as the New York Jets said goodbye to kicker Nick Folk.
Folk was drafted in the 6th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Folk played for the Cowboys 2007 to 2009; he was the NFC kicker in the Pro Bowl his rookie year. Folk went on to play for the New York Jets 2010 to 2016, ranked on the Jets all-time list second in points made (729), second in field goals made (175) and holds first place in field goal percentage (81.3).
Folk has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
CB Darrelle Revis has also been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and I think that will definitely be the last team he plays for in his NFL career. Last season was definitely not a banner year for one of my favorite players. I recently wrote about Revis in February after his altercation in Pittsburgh hit the news and am relieved he was acquitted of all charges.
WR Brandon Marshall was released on March 2. Marshall was traded to the Jets in the 2015 NFL Draft in exchange for the New York Jets 5th round draft pick. He finished his first year with the Jets in the top 5 among all NFL wide receivers in touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards but fell short of all of those accolades in 2016. He looked asleep the whole season. Much of it was owed to the entire breakdown of the New York Jets, with the quarterback mess and rumors of locker room trouble again. The New York Giants made their catch on March 8th when Marshall signed a two-year, 12 million dollar contract.
Geno Smith, catching a punch in the face in a locker room brawl in August, 2015, was on injured reserve for the New York Jets as of October 26, 2016. The New York Giants signed Smith on March 28, 2017. Someone please explain this move to me.
More exciting news for the New York Jets will be upcoming in the next few weeks, with the 2017 NFL Draft meeting in Philadelphia April 27-29, and the Jets holding the sixth pick in the first round.