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Jets release WR/PR Jeremy Kerley, whose role disappeared

You saw this coming for months: Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who spent most of the New York Jets' season in the Chan Gailey Witness Protection Program, was released Wednesday by the team.

With no role on offense, and a $3.1 million cap charge, Kerley's ouster was long anticipated. The move doesn't save a lot of money for the Jets -- only $1.3 million in cap room. They get stuck with a $1.8 million dead charge, the pro-rated portion of the signing bonus he received for the contract he signed in 2014.

Between cutting Kerley and tight end Jeff Cumberland, the Jets created $3.2 million in additional cap room. As a result, they will start the league year with approximately $10 million in space. It probably won't be enough to re-sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and others, so you can expect more moves and/or restructured contracts.

Kerley, a proven slot receiver, never found a niche in Gailey's spread passing attack. He played only 225 snaps on offense (20 percent), fifth among the wide receivers. He finished with a career-low 15 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Because he was the only punt returner on the roster, Kerley was active for every game, but he was an afterthought on offense. He played only 26 snaps over the final eight games.

The former fifth-round pick was frustrated throughout the season and would've welcomed a trade. The Jets tried to deal him in recent weeks, a league source said.

In five seasons, Kerley has 182 catches for 2,225 yards and nine touchdowns.