NFL free agents 2018: Jets secure Quincy Enunwa with 2nd-round tender Men’s New York Jets Quincy Enunwa NFL Pro Line Team Color Jersey
The Jets on Wednesday, as the new league year was beginning, announced their restricted free agent tenders, led by wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who got a second-round tender. It was the expected move by the Jets — a no-brainer decision, really.
Enunwa, a promising player, missed all of last season with a neck injury. Enunwa is now entering a contract year, hopeful he can build on his breakout third season, in 2016, when he had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns. The Jets drafted him in Round 6 in 2014.
Enunwa rejoins a receiver room led last year by Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. Enunwa was going to be the Jets’ No. 1 returning receiver entering the season, but he got hurt.
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The Jets giving him a second-round tender essentially locks him up for 2018 on a one-year contract worth $2.914 million. If another team were to sign Enunwa away from the Jets, it would have to give the Jets a second-round pick in return. And that surely isn’t happening. The Jets would also have the right to match any offer another team would make for Enunwa.
The Jets also tendered the following restricted free agents: safety Rontez Miles (right of first refusal), offensive tackle Brent Qvale (right of first refusal), and tight end Neal Sterling (original round). Those players will all get the low tender figure — $1.907 million.
Restricted free agent contracts are non-guaranteed, so these are low-risk moves for the Jets.
Because Miles and Qvale weren’t drafted, the Jets would get no draft pick compensation in return if another team signs them away. But the Jets would have the right to match any offer.
Ditto for Sterling’s situation, though since he was a seventh-round pick, the Jets would get that compensation in return if he is signed away.
The Jets also re-signed the following exclusive rights free agents, who aren’t going anywhere, because of the nature of being an exclusive rights free agent: safety Doug Middleton, tight end Eric Tomlinson, and fullback Lawrence Thomas.
The Jets opted to not tender restricted free agent defensive end Xavier Cooper, so he is now free to sign anywhere he wants, with no restrictions.
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Enunwa continues to progress in his recovery from a bulging disk in his neck that forced the wideout to miss the 2017 season.
Enunwa, who recorded 58 catches for 857 yards and four TDs in 2016, appeared poised to head the Jets’ wideout corps last year, but that plan was derailed by his neck issue. While he’s still working his way back and may not be full-go for OTAs, coach Todd Bowles expects Enunwa to be “highly competitive in training camp.” Based on the promise the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder displayed two years ago, Enunwa could reemerge on the fantasy radar once he proves his health. The Jets currently have 16 wide receivers on the roster, with the likes of Robby Anderson, Terrelle Pryor and Jermaine Kearse representing Enunwa’s prime competition for slotting on the team’s eventual depth chart.