New York Jets already started re-shaping up their roster for 2019. However, they decided to start that with releases, waiving center Spencer Long. The 28-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent.
The Jets made this decision in order to avoid Long’s $3 million roster bonus, which the team would have to pay him if he remained on the roster past Wednesday. This release comes just one year after the organization gave the player a four-year, $27.4 million contract.
Spencer Long entered the NFL in 2014, being selected 78th overall by the Washington Skins in that year’s draft. After spending his rookie season as a backup, he was moved to the left guard position in 2015, where he started 15 games. In 2016, however, he became the team’s starting center. After becoming a free agent in March 2018, Long decided to take the offer from New York, who viewed his as a longtime solution at the center position.
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out well for the two sides, since Long failed to make an impact while struggling with injuries for the better part of the season. At one point he was moved to the left guard position, but failed to do improve the level of his play there as well.
New York Jets will now be on the market for a new center, since Jonotthan Harrison, their other option at the position, is set to become a free agent as well.