Kimberly A. Martin reports that he Bills, Texans and Chiefs also placed waivers claims for WR Bruce Ellington on Friday, but ultimately lost out to the Jets, who had the higher waiver priority.
Ellington was one of the more notable players to be waived in recent weeks and it appears as though there is strong enough interest in him that he shouldn’t have any trouble finding another opportunity if it doesn’t work out with the Jets.
Ellington, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $2.694 million contract and set to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
Unfortunately, Ellington missed the entire 2016 season after he suffered a torn hamstring during the preseason and was later placed on injured reserve. The 49ers elected to cut him loose this past Thursday.
In 2015, Ellington appeared in 13 games and caught 13 passes for 153 yards receiving and no touchdowns. He also contributed 665 kick return yards and 137 punt return yards that year.