Jets moving on from veteran backup safety Adrian Amos

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In a surprising move, the New York Jets released veteran backup safety Adrian Amos, the team announced on Saturday.

Amos, 30, an eight-year starter with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, was primarily a backup for the Jets, but he did play on 248 defensive snaps. His role, though, was reduced in recent weeks, leading to what a source described to ESPN as a mutual parting.

The Jets made the move, in part, to create playing time for younger backups Ashtyn Davis and rookie Jarrick Bernard-Converse.

Amos signed a one-year, fully guaranteed $1.75 million contract in June, shortly after projected starter Chuck Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury. Second-year safety Tony Adams overtook Amos with an impressive training camp, winning the starting job opposite Jordan Whitehead.

In 11 games, including three starts, Amos finished with 23 tackles and one pass defended. He also was a key contributor on special teams (193 snaps).

In other moves, the Jets activated guard Wes Schweitzer and special teams ace Justin Hardee from injured reserve. Schweitzer isn't expected to start at right guard Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. They also waived guard Xavier Newman (two starts).