Quincy Enunwa won’t play the New York Jets’ 2018 season finale but, inked a four-year contract extension on Friday afternoon.
We've signed WR @QuincyEnunwa to a multi-year extension.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 28, 2018
ESPN’s Rich Cimini had further details on the extension, which is said to be worth up to $36 million.
Enunwa’s deal is a four-year extension that includes about $20M in guarantees. Could be as worth as much as $36M, per sources. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 28, 2018
Enunwa spoke to the media in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center locker room shortly after signing. He was interrupted several times by jovial teammates. Tight end Chris Herndon shook his hand, while safety Jamal Adams sang the chorus of The O’Jay’s hit song “For the Love of Money”.
“It feels really good. I’m excited, especially for the future,” Enunwa said. “I believe we have the talent on the team, we just have to execute. I think we can do that.”
In his statements, Enunwa expressed hope for the Jets’ future, especially on offense. Locked up for the next four seasons, Enunwa will likely be vital in the progression of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
“I have a young quarterback that I can mold!” Enunwa jokingly declared. “I think Sam is an amazing player. As a receiver, that’s who you want to play with. I think we have so much talent around at every position. Being here for so long, this is what I know and what I’ve grown to love. I want to continue growing with this team.”
Though Enunwa will miss the final three games of the season, including Sunday’s season finale in New England (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS), 2018 was a year of personal triumph. Bulging discs in his neck cost him the entirety of the last season, but he returned to the field to earn 38 receptions for 449 yards, good for respective team marks of second and third. High ankle sprains prevented limited him to 11 games this season.
For his efforts, Enunwa was awarded the Ed Block Award on Friday morning. The accolade, named for former Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, is bestowed to one representative from each of the NFL’s 32 teams. Voted on by his teammates, Enunwa earned the honor for his comeback.
“That’s huge, for those guys to vote me for that. That’s a team-voted award,” he said. “To come back from an injury, a big one, and to be able to play like I did when I was healthy, I appreciate them for voting me for that. Those two things, that and this contract being done, I’m really excited for the future.”
Enunwa further spread his good feelings on social media, posting a video of himself greeting New York when he announced the Jets’ third-round pick at April’s draft.
— Quincy Enunwa (@QuincyEnunwa) December 28, 2018
Enunwa joined the Jets as a sixth-round draft selection in 2014 out of Nebraska. Over four seasons, all with the Jets, he has accumulated 1,621 yards and five touchdowns on 118 catches. He set career-highs in 2016 with 857 yards and four scores.
“Quincy is a key part of our foundation,” Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said in a team statement. “We are thrilled that this contract will keep him here for years to come”.