The Jets released to avoid a $3 million roster bonus, which would’ve become guaranteed if he’d remained on the roster Wednesday. The expected move makes him a free agent.
Long, 28, signed a four-year, $27.4 million contract last offseason after four seasons with all an Washington Redskins. The plan didn’t materialize, although the Jets had expected he would stabilize the centre position, a weakness since Nick Mangold stopped playing 2016. Long played with the 2nd half of the summer season using a tendon injury in his right (snapping) hand, which affected his operation.
The low point came at a Week 9 loss to the Miami Dolphins (who were subsequently coached by Gase), during which he was off-target on at seven shotgun snaps. Then-Jets coach Todd Bowles didn’t pull at him until late in the match, resulting in a torrent of criticism. Long and centre played .
After he came back to the lineup fourteen days later, he played guard, where he stayed for the remainder of the growing season. Eight in the centre wound up, five left guard. The Jets structured his contract in a manner that leaves no”dead” money on the 2019 salary-cap. His entire $6.5 million cap fee comes off the books, boosting their cap-room excess to approximately $100 million. They could use some of the amount of money because there is no heir apparent on the roster to sign a centre.
Jonotthan Harrison, that substituted Long last season, also is a completely free agent.