The New York Jets have parted ways with two former high-round draft picks who just never lived up to their potential.
I’m hearing that #Jets TE Jace Amaro has been released
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 3, 2016
Jace Amaro and Dee Milliner were both casualties of the team’s final cuts, as both their disappointing tenures with the organization may have come to an end.
Milliner, the team’s 2013 first round pick, was expected to fill void left at cornerback by the Darrelle Revis trade. The 24-year-old was waived with an injury designation, which means he could land on the injured reserved list with the Jets if he isn’t claimed off waivers.
After a disappointing rookie campaign, Milliner just couldn’t stay healthy, and when he was able to play his progression definitely took a hit. It appeared as if Milliner would make the team solely because the final year of his rookie contract guaranteed him $2.1 million dollars, but the move shows the organization was just ready and willing to move on.
After a 2015 season in which the Jets tight end core were very unproductive, the Jets hoped the return of Jace Amaro from injury would help bolster the position. This is the same player that hauled in 106 passes during his junior season at Texas Tech, so clearly he has the ability to be a productive member of the passing game.
However, Amaro struggled in training camp and was sidelined due to a groin injury, which definitely didn’t help as he battled for a roster space. Amaro had a strong start to camp and appeared to be well on his way to battling for the starting tight end position, but those plans quickly changed.
As training camp progressed, you could see the writing on the wall that Amaro was falling out of favor with the Jets coaching staff. The Jets elected to just keep two tight ends, Kellen Davis and Brandon Bostick, as Amaro now will look for a new home with another NFL team.
The moves aren’t surprising for a few different reasons. From a performance standpoint, both players never lived up to their hype, and both definitely saw their struggles this preseason. With a lot of depth on the roster, the Jets had to make some tough cuts, including parting ways with these two players who they had a lot of hope for.
Also, the team’s current management has no ties to these two players. Both Milliner and Amaro were drafted during the John Idzik era, but with new management in charge, there’s no ties for them to hold onto. General manager Mike Maccagnan and his crew want to shape the roster their way, and remnants from the old regime, like Amaro and Milliner, just weren’t fitting in.
The problem with these two cuts is the dead cap space the team will endure. By cutting Amaro and Milliner, the team will take on $4.75 million dollars in dead cap space, as opposed to just the $450K they will save in cap space.
Dead cap space from Milliner/Amaro cuts: $4.75M. Cap savings from Milliner/Amaro cuts: $450K. 😳😳😳 #NYJ
— Chris Lopresti (@CLoprestiWFAN) September 3, 2016
It’s never easy to part with players that had high expectations, but eventually teams have to move on if it doesn’t work out with a specific player. Both Amaro and Milliner were expected to be big impact players for the Jets, but neither one was fully able to produce at the level they seemed to be capable of.