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Jets apparently ready to let Ben Ijalana test free agency

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: Ben Ijalana #71 of the New York Jets in action against the New England Patriots during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 27, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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The Jets apparently are ready to let offensive tackle Ben Ijalana become a free agent, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. The Jets faced a Monday deadline to exercise a $500,000 option bonus and have not done so.

It is not a surprise since the option would have triggered a $4.5 million base salary for 2018.

The Jets will save $4.7 million on the cap but could lose the swing tackle by letting him test the market. He started 13 games in 2016 and none in 2017, though he played 11 games last season.

The team is expected to carve out more cap room by cutting defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and running back Matt Forte among others.