The New York Jets have decided to part ways with right tackle Damien Woody, defensive end Vernon Gholston, outside linebacker Jason Taylor, and nose tackle Kris Jenkins.
Woody was a quality starter for the Jets the past three seasons but suffered both a knee and Achilles injury at the end of last year. Considering his age and salary, it wasn't a surprise the Jets decided to part ways with him. Veteran Wayne Hunter filled in for Woody at the end of last season and will likely compete with second year lineman Vladimir Ducasse for Woody's old job.
Jenkins was a dominant player in 2008 but suffered season ending injuries the last two years. There is a chance the Jets could bring him back at a lower cost later in the off-season to see if he can make it back from yet another rehab. Sione Pouha has been very good filling in for Jenkins, although the Jets will likely address defensive line in April's draft.
Jason Taylor was okay in his only season wearing Green and White. He finished with 36 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He will likely retire, as the Jets look elsewhere to improve their pass rush.
Vernon Gholston was the number six overall selection in the NFL Draft, yet managed zero sacks in three seasons. He is the ugliest blemish on Mike Tannenbaum's resume to date.