The New York Jets signed free agent WR Derrick Mason who was released last week by the Baltimore Ravens. Mason, 37, caught 61 passes for 802 yards and 7 touchdowns last season. In order to free up a roster spot for Mason, the Gang Green released WR Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery, 29, spent his entire career with the Jets. Last season was the worst one of his 8-year career, as he was plagued by injuries and caught just 41 passes for 433 yards, 2 TDs. Cotchery started this training camp on the PUP list, as he was still recovering from offseason surgery.
This move comes as no surprise as the rumors about Cotchery being traded or released have been floating around for the past few days. Cotchery was drafted by the Jets in the 4th round (#108 overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. His best season was in 2007 when he crossed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first and only time in his career - 82 receptions, 1,130 yards, 2 TDs.
Jets fans will remember Cotchery for his fearless catches in traffic and precise route running. Best of luck to you, Jerricho!