The New York Jets and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa are headed for an uncomfortable divorce. Here are all the details and what’s next.
Less than a year ago, the New York Jets re-signed wide receiver Quincy Enunwa to a long term contract extension that would keep him in green and white for the foreseeable future.
11 months later it appears the team and the mercurial wideout are headed for an ugly divorce.
In the season opener vs the Buffalo Bills, Enunwa suffered a neck injury that eventually forced the team to place him on injured reserve ending his season.
The injury bug biting Quincy isn’t unusual, he has never played a full season in his NFL career. That is due to injuries and a suspension.
This neck injury is the second of his NFL career and has a chance to be career-threatening.
Quincy revealed on social media that doctors have given him “a 50-50 chance “at returning to the game of football.
But Enunwa isn’t retiring, he’s attempting to return to the game he loves, but he was (and is) involved in an awkward controversial stand-off with his rehab and the team.
In the middle of November, Quincy revealed on social media that the team had fined him over $27,000 for missing mandatory rehab sessions. In his rant, he also admitted that he missed those assignments because of personal issues but didn’t tell the team ahead of time.
I normally chill on putting issues on twitter, but this doesnt sit right with me.
— Quincy Enunwa (@QuincyEnunwa) November 15, 2019
On the Flight Deck podcast with ESPN’s Rich Cimini he commented on the future of these two together:
“Looking forward I do think they’ll cut him. Not because of this recent incident, although the team wasn’t thrilled about it, but just because he’s coming off of a very serious neck injury. The Jets have to make a decision by the fifth day of the league year in March. If he’s on the roster after the fifth day, his $6 million salary for 2020 becomes fully guaranteed. I think the Jets will want to avoid guaranteeing that salary for a wide receiver coming off of a serious injury and will look to cut him before then.
Although I can see the next step from a mile away because of my reporting on this: you might have an issue with that $6 million salary. It’s guaranteed for injury if Quincy retires he’ll feel like he’s entitled to that money and the Jets could fight that. So we could witness a nasty grievance going on there.”
While he’s still relatively young (27, will be 28 by the start of the 2020 season), the injury history is too risky to keep him for that much money. Although a lot of people questioned the Jets when they initially gave him a contract extension based on his durability track record.