As the Jets work to create cap space to potentially accomodate Aaron Rodgers, they released wide receiver Braxton Berrios, who penned an emotional goodbye to Jets fans, earlier this week.
The All-Pro kick returner wasn’t on the market for long, agreeing to terms with fellow AFC East member and long-time rival Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal, per multiple reports on Thursday.
Berrios — who signed a two-year deal with the Jets last off-season — discussed a restructuring of his contract but couldn’t come to terms on a new agreement.
Releasing Berrios saved the Jets $5 million in cap space.
Gang Green subsequently upgraded at receiver, agreeing to a deal with former Green Bay Packers receiver — and favorite Rodgers target — Allen Lazard for four years, $44 million this week.
Braxton Berrios (10) caught 107 passes for 1,085 receiving yards in four seasons with the New York Jets.Getty Images
Berrios will return to Miami, where the 5-foot-9 slot receiver and return specialist played collegiately for the Hurricanes from 2014-17 before being a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
Though Berrios was part of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s final Super Bowl together, he missed the entire 2018 season after being placed on injured reserve.
The Jets signed Berrios the following September after he was cut by the Pats in the preseason.
Berrios was named a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl returner in 2021 after returning 28 kicks for 852 yards at a league-best 30.4 yards per return, including a 102-yard touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16.
Berrios is heading south, along with former Jets Mike White and Dan Feeney.Bill Kostroun/New York Post
Berrios will join fellow former Jets Mike White and Dan Feeney in Miami after they agreed to terms with the Dolphins this week.