Free-agent running back Joe McKnight, who last played for the New York Jets, has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to appear in court earlier this week.
Seth Walder of the New York Daily News provides the details:
Former Jets running back Joe McKnight has another warrant out for his arrest, according to the Hanover Municipal Court in New Jersey. The warrant is for failure to appear in court on Monday. The court appearance was the result of the last time he was arrested on an outstanding warrant, on July 30, when McKnight also received summonses for failing to signal while changing lanes and driving an uninsured vehicle. McKnight, 25, was released on August 26.
McKnight was released by the Jets late last month and hasn't caught on with another franchise. His departure came after an offseason during which he was arrested on previous outstanding warrants. The team also added depth at the running back position.
The USC product spent three seasons in New York after being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 drafted. He received less than 130 offensive touches over that span and didn't score a single touchdown.
He made a bigger impact on special teams, serving as the team's top kick returner. He scored a return touchdown in each of the past two years, but it wasn't enough to help him make this season's final roster.
Could McKnight still help an NFL team?
Although McKnight has flashed the ability to possess value in a niche role, off-field problems aren't helping his cause. Teams simply aren't going to go out of their way to take a chance on a player who could become a potential distraction.
That said, he clearly has more important things to worry about than getting back on an NFL roster. He likely has to get all of the legal issues sorted out before teams are even willing to entertain the idea of bringing him into the fold.
It's hard to convince a front office to sign you when there's reportedly a warrant out for your arrest, especially for a role player like McKnight.