Jets WR Corey Davis Says He’s “Stepping Away” From NFL

New York Jets' wide receiver Corey Davis speaks on ESPN New York,
New York Jets' wide receiver Corey Davis speaks on ESPN New York, "The Michael Kay Show" in 2022. Photo by Duncan Williams/CSM/Shutterstock (13062456ac)

The New York Jets’ veteran wide receiver Corey Davis announced on Wednesday that he is “stepping away from the sport of football.”

Davis shared the news on social media, saying that he has been “contemplating” the decision for “some time now.”

“This decision has not been easy. Although I am a deep person, I am a man of few words. I’ve been searching my heart for what to do, and I feel that stepping away from the game is the best path for me at this time,” Davis wrote in a statement posted on Instagram.

It is unclear whether Davis is taking some time off from professional football or he’s retiring. The 28-year-old player has been away from the Jets for more than a week while dealing with a “personal matter”.

Speaking with reporters about Davis, Jets’ head coach Robert Saleh said that the team would be open to welcoming him back if he changes his mind.

“The door is always open if guys want to play football,” said Saleh.

Corey Davis started his NFL career as the fifth overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2017. After four years with the Titans, Davis signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract with the Jets ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

During his six years as a pro, Davis caught 273 passes for 3,879 yards and 17 touchdowns.