FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Joe McKnight and Braylon Edwards are suddenly out of work, surprising cuts by the New York Jets on Monday.
For McKnight, a backup running back and the team's primary kick returner the past two seasons, it's the latest setback in a tumultuous summer. Edwards' departure in his third stint with the Jets could put his career in jeopardy.
"Both those guys, both Joe and Braylon, had tremendous moments for us," coach Rex Ryan said. "They contributed a lot to our franchise, without question, but we're trying to move forward."
McKnight, the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2010, was involved in a series of incidents this summer that included an arrest for unpaid traffic warrants, a concussion, migraine headaches, a few questionable posts on Twitter and some tension with the media.
He was active for the first time this preseason on Saturday night after being sidelined by a concussion, but did not play.
Edwards was dealing with a leg injury that kept him out of the team's preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night. Edwards was signed just before training camp began last month, marking his third tenure with the Jets.
He had been given rest days throughout camp as a precaution after dealing with recent knee issues, but the Jets appear to have moved on.