Jets waive QB Kinne, release OT Willis
The Jets have officially announced they have waived quarterback G.J. Kinne and releasing veteran offensive lineman Ray Willis.
Kinne signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa along with Matt Simms — the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms. Signed after the team’s rookie camp in May, Kinne appeared to be behind Simms as far as reps are concerned.
Before the team could officially announce the move, Kinne (@GJKinne) tweeted that he “definitely didn’t get a fair shot” but that he “learned a lot and is excited for what the future holds”.
A three-year starter at Tulsa, Kinne completed his college career ranked second in school history in total yards (10,831), passing yards (9,472) and touchdown passes (81). He was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year as a junior after completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,650 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Willis was added to the team last month along with fellow offensive lineman Stephen Heyer to bolster a unit that was hampered by injuries all season. He spent six seasons with Seattle (2005-2010) after being drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, starting 26-of-49 games, including all 16 contests during the 2009 season. Willis spent the 2010 season on injured reserve. In 2011, Willis signed as a free agent with New Orleans (11/02/11) and spent two weeks on the active roster before being waived.
With the moves made today, the Jets are now carrying four quarterbacks and have two available spots open on their 90-man roster.