Jets Expected To Release Slot Receiver/Return Man

Braxton Berrios

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The New York Jets are set to release receiver and return man Braxton Berrios at the start of the new league year, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

Berrios signed a two-year deal worth $12 million to remain with the Jets last March, but the two sides were unable to agree on a re-worked contract. As a result, the Jets have decided to move on from the receiver, which will save them $5 million against the cap with $3.2 million in dead money.

Last season, Berrios caught just 18 passes for 145 yards and rushed for 91 yards with two touchdowns. He also averaged 23.1 yards on 26 kick returns and 11.4 yards on 21 punt returns. Despite his limited production last season, Berrios was a Pro Bowler in 2021 after leading the league with an average of 30.4 yards per kick return and 13.4 yards per punt return.

Berrios has caught 107 passes for 1,085 yards with five touchdowns over the past four seasons. He originally entered the league as a sixth-round pick by the Patriots in 2018.

By leaking the Berrios release now, the Jets are giving other teams the opportunity to trade for the receiver/return specialist before he hits the open market. It remains to be seen whether any team will take advantage of this opportunity.

The move to release Berrios is just one of many the Jets are expected to make as they look to improve their roster for the upcoming season. With the start of the new league year just around the corner, it will be interesting to see what other moves the Jets have in store.