According to multiple media outlets, the Jets will release veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard on Friday.

The nine-year veteran was slated to receive a $10 million option bonus, next week. Sheppard, who was acquired via trade last February, struggled through injuries during his only season in New York. The two-time Pro Bowler started nine games, recording 25 tackles and one interception.

Lito Sheppard will join Thomas Jones on the unemployment line Friday. ( Photo)

Sheppard was notably benched during the team’s final game of the season in Indianapolis in favor of Dwight Lowery, who was picked-on all day by Peyton Manning, in-turn ending the Jets’ playoff run.
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