Jets Release Henry Anderson

The Jets announced that they have released veteran defensive lineman Henry Anderson. Anderson was in the final year of a three year, $25.2 million contract and was due to count $9.53 million on the salary cap. His release will free up $8.2 million in cap room.

The Jets had traded for Anderson in 2018 and he had a career year finishing with 7 sacks after racking up just 3 sacks in three years with the Colts. That led the Jets to sign him to the three year deal but he never recaptured that 2018 season. He had some injuries in 2019 and his playing time this year failed to hit 50%. This release had been expected since last season.

The release will put the Jets at about $75 million in salary cap space for 2021. They are only behind the Jacksonville Jaguars who have an estimated $82 million in cap room.

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