The Jets released Enunwa (neck) on Monday, Eric Allen and Randy Lange of the team's official site report. The 28-year-old wideout had previously been placed on the reserve/PUP list in May due to the career-threatening neck injury he suffered early in 2019. The Jets weren't counting on him to contribute at any point in 2020, so his release comes as little surprise. Enunwa, who logged 119 receptions for 1,617 yards and five touchdowns over 41 career games with the Jets, will presumably look to gain full medical clearance from the injury and attempt to find work with another team ahead of the 2021 season.
Enunwa (neck) is not considering retirement despite battling a career-threatening injury, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. Enunwa's neck injury limited him to just one game in 2019 (12 combined regular-season games since 2017), and Cimini now reports that the Jets have ruled him out for the 2020 campaign. Despite the severity of his injury -- a timetable for the soon-to-be 28-year-old's return remaining undisclosed -- Enunwa relayed that he hopes to retake the field in the future. "If I'm capable of playing, then that's what I'll do," Enunwa said. He carries a fully guaranteed $6 million salary for 2020, and in 2021 he'll have a $4.1 million injury guarantee, so it remains in the Jets' best interest to stick with Enunwa throughout his rehab process and hope for a possible return to the field.
The Jets will place Enunwa (neck) on the reserve/PUP list Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. New York is also moving Josh Bellamy (shoulder) to the same list, with Rapoport relaying that the organization doesn't expect either receiver to play during the 2020 season. Considering Enunwa has played just 12 regular-season contests dating back to 2017 as a result of neck issues, his time in the NFL could well be over. The injuries to Enunwa and Bellamy likely had a hand in the Jets' decision to invest a second-round pick into Baylor receiver Denzel Mims during April's draft.
Enunwa (neck), whose $6 million salary for 2020 is now fully guaranteed, remains "a big question mark" for the Jets, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. The Jets presumably would've released Enunwa if he'd been healthy enough to pass a physical before the March 22 deadline for his salary guarantee. GM Joe Douglas is the one who called the wide receiver a question mark, adding that he hopes to have more information soon. It remains unclear if Enunwa will ever make it back on a football field after he suffered the second major neck injury of his career, but he doesn't have any immediate plans to retire. The Jets signed him to a four-year, $36 million contract in December 2018, only to see Enunwa suffer the neck injury Week 1 of 2019. He previously missed the entire 2017 campaign with a bulging disc in his neck, and he's now played just 12 games over a span of three seasons.
Enunwa's (neck) $6 million salary for 2020 becomes fully guaranteed March 22, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. This means Enunwa could be cut if he's able to pass a physical within the next month, which is far from a sure thing. His salary already is guaranteed for injury, so the Jets have no incentive to release him unless he's healthy. GM Joe Douglas said he's optimistic about Enunwa returning for 2020, though multiple reports suggest the wide receiver's neck injury is a career-threatening one. He missed the entire 2017 campaign due to a bulging disc in his neck, and the latest injury placed him on IR after Week 1 of 2019.
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