The New York Jets released Jerricho Cochery, as expected, on Thursday afternoon.

His absence, combined with the previous departure of receiver/returner Brad Smith, leaves a gap in the New York receiving corps. Dustin Keller is the rock-solid tight end in the offense, and the team did work quickly to sign both Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress in free agency.

Sure-handed veteran Derrick Mason was brought in for a look-see, and though the former Baltimore star is longer in the tooth than Cotchery, he’s a far steadier option. Jeremy Kerley out of TCU gives them another option for Mark Sanchez.

Mason would be an upgrade over Cotchery and he’d pop back on the radar in PPR leagues for a WR4 position.

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