Gilchrist's exodus is a sign that the Jets are supremely confident in their young safeties to produce right out of the gate, filling the void of a reliable, if not transcendent veteran.
Now all three players are gone, with Buster Skrine the last man left standing from the class of 2015.
Gilchrist's contract was set to expire after the 2018 season.
He sustained a torn patellar tendon in his knee December 11 at the 49ers. NY will free up $4.625 million for the 2017 salary cap and will owe Gilchrist $2.75 million this year, according to Over The Cap. He finished the season with 55 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He spent his first four National Football League seasons with the Chargers.
After drafting both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets secondary was a little too crowded. NY also declined Pryor's fifth-year option on his rookie contract after a dismal third season.
This is a solid back-up signing with the 29 year old playing on special teams and showing the ability to fill in at linebacker when needed.