NEW YORK -- The Jets released cornerback Lito Sheppard on Thursday after one disappointing and injury-plagued season.
The move was expected since Sheppard was due a $10 million roster bonus.
With Sheppard gone, the Jets are expected to target a cornerback through a trade or with the 29th overall pick in the draft next month.
Sheppard is the second big-name player to be released by the Jets this offseason. The team announced earlier in the week that it would cut ties with running back Thomas Jones when the NFL's free-agency period starts Friday. Jones, who ran for a career-high 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns, was due a $3 million roster bonus on top of a $2.8 million base salary.
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