The New York Jets cut veteran receiver Braylon Edwards and troubled running back Joe McKnight
as the team reconfigures its offensive for the 2013 season.
McKnight, who once said that someone will have to "kill me to take my spot," was cut from the team after an offseason arrest on a traffic warrant and threatening to hurt a beat reporter, according to USA Today.
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McKnight made the threat shortly after collapsing on the practice field two weeks ago. He read tweets that he thought were from a reporter chiding him that he wasn't tough enough. He found out later the tweets were from fans.
"It didn’t start off right," McKnight told the New York Post
. "I was trying to change it but I just didn’t have enough time. I can’t blame nobody but myself. The Jets didn’t do anything. It was all on me. Everything they’ve done for me was real good. I have no bad feelings toward them."
Edwards, 30, was injured during training camp and faced a leg injury last week. Edwards was signed by the Jets before the training camp in July.
The Jets cut 15 players in total, reducing their active roster to 75 players for the NFL's Tuesday deadline.
The Jets also cut guard Stephen Peterman, running back Chad Spann, offensive linemen Patrick Ford and Trey Gilleo, wide receivers Joe Collins, Marcus Rucker, K.J. Stroud and Rahsaan Vaughn, linebacker Sean Progar-Jackson, defensive backs Donnie Fletcher and Bret Lockett, punter Ryan Quigley and long snapper Patrick Scales.
It is unclear who will replace the players. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are still in the mix while the Jets' big offensive free agent signee, former Oakland Raider Mike Goodson, had an offseason arrest on gun and drug charges and has yet to join the team, USA Today reported.
Edwards was a Jets starter in 2009 and 2010 after playing five seasons for the Cleveland Browns. He played three games for the Jets last season and 10 for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2011, he played in nine games for the San Francisco 49ers.
Edwards has had 359 catches for 5,522 yards and 40 touchdowns over the course of his career.
The Jets signed receiver Mohamed Massaquoi last week.
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