Jets release Cotchery

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was released by the New York Jets on Thursday after spending the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the team.

The moves comes just a few days after the Jets signed wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

Cotchery's release is mostly due to injuries. The 29-year-old had 41 catches for 433 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season while being hampered by a herniated disk,

He had offseason back surgery and started training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

In 103 regular-season games with the Jets, Cotchery caught 358 passes for 4,514 yards and 18 TDs. He also played in nine postseason contests, totaling 30 receptions for 440 yards and two scores.

The North Carolina State product was a fourth-round selection of the Jets back in 2004.

"Jerricho's a tremendous teammate, a guy I had a great deal of respect for," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "He was courageous. Anything we needed, the guy did for us."


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