Gilchrist was a major cog in the Jets 2015 off-season rebuild. The veteran former 2nd round pick signed a four year $22MM deal with the Jets last season after four successful season with San Diego.
He had a great first year with the Jets, collecting 82 tackles and 3 INT's playing free safety and being teamed up with Calvin Pryor.
Reaching the playoffs only once with the Chargers. Gilchrist admitted recently on an interview with SNY that the way the season ended was a bitter pill to swallow.
"My last three years in San Diego it always came down the last game to make the playoffs", said Gilchrist. "The first year we won to make it and after that we lost twice and this past year we lost so it's definitely a chip on my shoulder. The older guys always used to tell me don't take the playoffs for granted because it's hard to get there and in my six years I've only been there once so it definitely hurts"
The Jets have upgraded the defense and gotten younger at several positions this off-season and hope the moves make them a force to be reckoned with this upcoming season.