Jets Release Quincy Enunwa, Fully Ending the Idzik/Ryan Era


The John Idzik and Rex Ryan eras are finally, officially, fully over in East Rutherford.

Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was among four players released by the New York Jets on Monday, removing the last player drafted during the Idzik era, and the last remaining player who played for Gang Green under Ryan, from the roster.

Running back Trenton Cannon, offensive lineman Ben Braden, and linebacker Wyatt Ray were also cut.

Enunwa, a sixth-round pick in 2014, caught 119 passes for 1,617 yards and five touchdowns in 41 games as a Jet, and appeared to be set to become a breakout star after a 2016 campaign where he started 13 games and caught 58 balls for 857 yards and four scores.

However, a serious neck injury cost Enunwa the next season, and after he returned for 11 games in 2018, Enunwa played just one game in 2019 after suffering another neck injury in Week 1, and he was unlikely to play this season.

Enunwa had signed a four-year, $36 million extension in 2018, but the Jets will get just one game out of that, and no salary cap relief. Enunwa, meanwhile, will receive the $6 million he is guaranteed from that deal for this year and $4.1 million of his 2021 salary, so he will net roughly $20 million off the deal.

The receiver and guard Brian Winters, who was cut Sunday, were the two longest-tenured players on the Jets, and the last who were part of the Idzik and Ryan eras. 

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