Florham Park, N.J. - The once heir to Darrelle Revis' throne has fallen from royalty. Dee Milliner - the former highly touted cornerback out of Alabama - has officially been released by the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Milliner's tenure with the Jets ends after three injury plagued seasons with unfulfilled expectations.
Milliner had an impressive training camp for New York this past summer, which led many to believe he finally found his role in the secondary. But, after an underwhelming preseason that exposed the cornerback on several occasions, Milliner was cut from the active roster and placed on the Jets injured reserve list after clearing waivers.
The Jets drafted Milliner with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He had played in just 21 of New York's 51 games, compiling 63 tackles and three interceptions. He will be remembered for his two-interception performance on the final week of the 2013 regular season against the Miami Dolphins - a win that ultimately saved then-head coach Rex Ryan's job.
Teams still have the opportunity to claim Milliner off waivers. If unclaimed, Milliner will be an unrestricted free agent free to play with any team if healthy.
Injuries were always an issue for Milliner. Prior to being drafted by the Jets, the Alabama alum underwent a total of five surgeries: one on his right knee, a repair of a sports hernia, a right tibia stress fracture and one surgery for each shoulder. When healthy, Milliner excelled on the college field but the injuries continued to the professional level as he sustained an achilles and wrist injury that kept him on the sideline many times during his Jets tenure.
ESPN's Rich Cimini reports that the Jets will still "owe Milliner his base salary of $675,000."
Joe Barone is a staff writer at JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@28JoeBarone), or via email (email@example.com).