Quincy Enunwa is staying put.
The Jets announced a new multi-year extension for one of their top offensive weapons on Friday after the team’s final full practice of the regular season.
“I knew when I got here that I wanted to be a Jet for a very long time,” Enunwa said in a statement released by the team. “Now, I’ll get my opportunity and it feels really good. I’m excited for the future and for some more big plays. And I think there is a lot in store for us as a team.”
Enunwa’s new deal is for four years and worth up to $36 million with $20 million in injury guarantees, the Daily News has confirmed.
“Quincy is a key part of our foundation, and we are thrilled that this contract will keep him here for years to come,” GM Mike Maccagnan said.
Enunwa, 26, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and his status for Sunday’s season finale against the Patriots is unclear, has 449 yards on 38 catches over 10 games with a touchdown in his fourth season with Gang Green. He was leading the Jets in receptions before his latest injury.
The sixth-round pick out of Nebraska in the 2014 draft, has career totals of 118 catches for 1,621 yards and five touchdowns.
He has proved to be a key playmaker during his career with the Jets as 58 percent of his catches have gone for first downs and he has 33 career receptions of 20-plus yards.
His breakthrough year came in 2016 when he established career bests for receptions (58), yards (857) and touchdowns (4). Enunwa then suffered a serious neck injury during an August intrasquad scrimmage in 2017 and was forced to sit out the season.
The 6-2, 225-pound wideout is expected to be a favorite target for rookie QB Sam Darnold for years to come.
"I'll make the joke: I have a young quarterback that I can mold," a laughing Enunwa said. "No, seriously, though, Sam is an amazing player and as a receiver that's who you want to play with. And we have so much talent around at every position. I've been here for so long and this is what I know and this is what I've come to love and I want to continue that.
"I haven't been a part of the past couple of games, but just kind of sitting around and seeing what's been going on, me and Sam had a good relationship going in the beginning," Enunwa added. "I'm looking forward to continuing that next year and in years to come."
Enunwa had been scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019 after signing a one-year, $2.91 million restricted free agent deal before this season. He was recently voted by his teammates for the Jets’ Ed Block Award as the most courageous player.
Now the Jets can switch their focus to other players on the roster. Fellow wide receiver Robby Anderson is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, and other top potential unrestricted free agents include wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, running back Bilal Powell and cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine.
The Jets (4-11) will wrap up another playoff-less campaign on Sunday against the Patriots in New England. But with Darnold looking like a franchise quarterback, and now Enunwa locked up for four more years, there is reason for optimism for the long-suffering Jet fans.
- With The Associated Press