A day after the league announced that it was suspending New York Giants third-year defensive end Owa Odighizuwa four games for a PED violation, the team announced Tuesday that it was waiving is 2015 third-round pick.
“It is unfortunate that things have gone in this direction,” said general manager Jerry Reese in a statement released by the team, “but we wish nothing but the best for Owa as we all move forward.”
In two seasons, Odighizuwa out of UCLA, played in 18 games, recording four tackles (three solo) on defense, and two tackles on special teams.
However his 2017 season took some weird turns starting in April when he tweeted a couple of weeks before the team was set to report for the start of the offseason program that he was contemplating taking some time away from the game.
Odighizuwa then reversed course and was believed to be present for most of the first two phases of the offseason program.
However, he missed the third and most critical phase, the OTAs, and was excused from the mandatory minicamp in June by head coach Ben McAdoo to deal with personal issues.
Odighizuwa reported to training camp, but by then, his stock had fallen off a cliff. He mostly worked with the third-team defense and had himself an extremely quiet summer, logging just two tackles (one solo) in three games.
After the Giants drafted defensive end Avery Moss and signed Devin Taylor in June, it became clear that Odighizuwa was facing a long uphill battle to make the 53-man roster.
Odighizuwa would still have to serve the four-game suspension if he is picked up by another team.