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New York Jets Training Camp Day 5: Out With Cotchery, Closing In On Mason

The New York Jets have released Jerricho Cotchery and signed Derrick Mason

The New York Jets made an unpopular personnel decision with many of their fans today by deciding to release veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and attempting to replace him with Derrick Mason, who despite being more productive throughout his career and costing 900K less, is still 8 years older. Cotchery was beloved by most Jets fans for being a gutsy, consistent player who constantly made big plays over his seven year NFL career, all with the Jets. However, the front office is clearly concerned about his back issue and believes Mason, coming off a 802 yard, 7 touchdown season can be productive in the number three receiver role, or potentially holding down the number two spot while Plaxico Burress gets up to speed.

The Jets currently have offered a contract to Mason, who is mulling it over and is expected to make a decision in the next day or two. 

Burress will actually miss the Jets first couple of practices due to a rolled ankle. He injured it when practicing routes with Santonio Holmes. Let the "Plexi-Glass" jokes begin.

In other news, the Jets have brought back safety Brodney Pool on a one year contract. He turned down more money from the Dallas Cowboys to come back to the Jets and should see plenty of action at safety, especially in passing situations even if Eric Smith remains the de facto starter.

The Jets still have over 8 million dollars in cap room, so don't be surprised to see them make another move or two.