Gilchrist injured his patellar tendon in December, putting him in jeopardy for the beginning of the 2017 season. Injuries are a tough break, but the Jets need to do what is best when it comes to the future of the team, and Gilchrist may not be a part of that future.
Gilchrist has been alright since the Jets signed him as a free agent away from the San Diego Chargers two years ago. He has been a decent playmaker, intercepting five passes, defending 10 more and forcing a fumble. But, the Jets could stand to upgrade the safety position this offseason.
There are rumors that the Jets will go after safety Tony Jefferson. Jefferson, who spent the first four years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, would be an excellent addition for the Jets. He has youth on his side at 25-years old and would present an upgrade over Gilchrist.
If the Jets are players for Jefferson, arguably the best safety remaining on the roster with Eric Berry off the market, someone has to be on the move. Pryor has a better chance of sticking around as the Jets will not be cutting him. Gilchrist, on the other hand, could be handed a pink slip, especially since he is recovering from an injury.
The injury could be the nail in the coffin for Gilchrist. Keeping him around as the sixth highest paid strong safety in the NFL is a bit much. The Jets could use the extra cap space and would have only $1.875 million of dead money the next two years. That could be an amount the Jets are willing to eat if it means upgrading their team immediately.