The Rebuild: Jets cut longest-tenured player, link to last playoff squad

Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets long snapper Tanner Purdum (46) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets announced their official 53-man roster on Saturday, and with that came the release of the team’s longest-tenured player, Tanner Purdum.


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Purdum, a 31 year old long-snapper, spent the last seven years with the Jets. He was the only Jet left on the team from their last playoff appearance in 2010.

According to Rich Cimini and the New York Jets, Purdum never missed a game with the Green & White, suiting up for 112 straight games.

Even more impressive, Purdum was never charged with an errant snap or a penalty in his seven year tenure, according to the team.

As a quietly reliable player, the release comes quite shockingly. The Jets recently traded for Colts long-snapper Thomas Hennessy, who will make about half ($465,000) of what Purdum was slated to make ($900,000). The move was likely made in relation to the team’s new philosophy of getting younger and saving money.

According to Cimini, Purdum was one of four players over the age of 30 left on the Jets final roster. Others include Josh McCown (38), nose tackle Steve McLendon (31) and running back Matt Forte (31).

Forte could be the next veteran in line to see his removal from the team. Rumors began circulating early last week of the team exploring potential trade options for the 31-year-old pass-catching back.

There weren’t many other surprises among the Jets’ final roster cuts on Saturday. Recently resigned WR, Kenbrell Thompkins got the boot, along with veteran LB Bruce Carter, who was cut and then brought back after the team placed Lorenzo Mauldin on the IR.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on

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