The New York Jets have begun the cuts.
Up first, Right Tackle Damien Woody.
Sources say Nose Tackle Kris Jenkins, LB Jason Taylor and DE Vernon Gholston will follow.
For their part, the Jets have not confirmed any of the moves.
“I kind of had an inkling this could happen,” Woody told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m no fool. As you get older, you understand the business side. I understand my salary-cap situation, age and injury. I don’t have any complaints. My time here was priceless. I was part of something special.”
Woody, 33, recovering from surgery on his Achilles tendon, was due to make $3.35 million in 2011. The Jets, in an apparent replacement move, switched lineman Vladimir Ducasse to right tackle after the season ended.
The four moves will save the Jets about $13.5 million in 2011 salary and bonuses.
As for Gholston, this move can’t come soon enough. Taken sixth overall in the 2008 draft, Gholston still hasn’t recorded a sack. In three years, Gholston played 45 games, recording 32 total tackles. He made $21 million in guarantees from his rookie contract.