A.J. Edds, trying to restart an NFL career twice derailed by injuries, was released Saturday by the New York Jets.
A former Greenwood Community High School and Iowa star, Edds was released on the final day of cuts, when teams had to trim down to 53 players.
Signed by New York after a tryout in May, the 6-foot-4, 256-pound linebacker seemed to make a strong case for himself during the preseason. He was the Jets’ leading tackler in the first two exhibition games and was a regular contributor on special teams.
But in the end, the Jets — known for their quality linebacker depth — went in another direction.
A fourth-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 2010, Edds, 26, missed his entire rookie season after suffering a left ACL tear during training camp. The following year, he was released by Miami prior to the regular-season opener but was signed by the New England Patriots a few days later.
After playing two games for the Patriots, he was waived, then signed to the team’s practice squad.
Signed shortly thereafter by the Indianapolis Colts off New England’s practice squad, Edds finished the season with the Colts, appearing in nine games, mostly on special teams.
In 2012, Edds tore his right ACL during the first day of Colts training camp and again missed the entire season. He was not re-signed the following year.
Re-acquired by New England during the 2013 offseason, he was waived during training camp and, as a consequence, hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2011.
The Jets could offer Edds a position on their practice squad. He might have been a victim of the potential the Jets see in the three rookie linebackers they drafted. But Edds had an impressive summer, both at camp and in that first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, when he had seven tackles, including one for a loss, plus a forced fumble to help seal the win. He also played the entire game at linebacker in Thursday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Edds, the 2006 Johnson County Athlete of the Year, was a star linebacker at Iowa. He ranks 43rd on the Hawkeyes’ career tackles list with 226.