Devin Smith is looking for a new job.
The New York Jets waived the former Ohio State wide receiver on Monday after he tore his ACL for the second time last month. The Jets selected Smith 37th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft after he led the Buckeyes with 931 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2014 national championship season.
“It’s bad luck and bad timing because the kid worked so hard to get back," head coach Todd Bowles said following the second day of the NFL Draft, according to newyorkjets.com. “He has to persevere and adversity will help him get stronger. But unfortunately in this game, over my course of time playing and coaching, you see these types of things. Some of the best athletes get hurt and don’t get a chance to get on the field and it’s just bad timing, bad luck.”
Smith was in the third year of the four-year, $5.8 million contract he signed as a rookie in 2015.
Since the decision to waive Smith is injury related and if he clears waivers, he would revert to Injured Reserve. The Jets could also reach a settlement with Smith and cut ties altogether.