NY Jets officially release Quincy Enunwa, waive three other players

NY Jets, Quincy Enunwa (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Quincy Enunwa (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets have officially released wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and waived three players.

The NY Jets have officially bid farewell to another long-tenured member of the organization. Just one day after releasing longtime offensive guard Brian Winters, the Jets officially released veteran wide receiver Quincy Enunwa.

Much like the release of Winters, the decision to move on from Enunwa is hardly surprising. The former sixth-round pick has seen his career marred by injuries and was already declared out for the season back in the spring after suffering a setback.

Enunwa was released off the Reserve/PUP list, but his $6 million base salary was fully guaranteed meaning that the Jets will not get any cap relief this season.

However, this move does clear cap space for next season with Enunwa only guaranteed $4.1 million of his projected $9.6 million cap hit.

At one point, Enunwa looked like one of the best young wide receivers in the league. A breakout 2016 campaign saw him finish with 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns.

Unfortunately, a neck injury suffered in the summer of 2017 would mark a downward spiral that he would never recover from. Enunwa missed all of the 2017 season, part of 2018, and then essentially all of last year as the neck injuries persisted.

And at this point, it’s currently unclear if he will ever play an NFL game again. Either way, it seemed pretty apparent that his Jets career was over well before his official release.

Quincy Enunwa’s release wasn’t the only move the NY Jets made on Monday.

The Jets also made a number of other roster moves officially placing C.J. Mosley on the Reserve/Opt-Out list after the star linebacker’s decision to opt-out of the 2020 season just a few days ago.

The team also announced that they had waived three players in backup offensive lineman Ben Braden, running back Trenton Cannon, and outside linebacker Wyatt Ray.

Braden had spent time on the Jets’ practice squad over the last few years and was expected to compete for a backup offensive line spot in training camp. However, with teams needing to cut rosters down to 80 in the next week or so, moves had to be made.

Cannon was a sixth-round pick back in 2018 and while his speed was always apparent, he offered little value on offense. The Virginia State product’s best chance of making the team was through special teams, but an offseason foot injury could have tanked his chances.

Ultimately, none of these moves are particularly surprising, but it is a shame to see Enunwa’s Jets career end in the way that it has. Jets fans will always be left wondering what could have been with the former Nebraska standout.

Here’s to hoping that he finds success doing whatever he likes in the future, be it on or off the gridiron.

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Thank you for six wonderful years Quincy — we all wish it could have been more.