Ladies and gentlemen, insurance has entered the building.
The New York Jets have signed veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown from the Seattle Seahawks to a two-year, 22 million dollar contract. Brown, a first-round pick by the Houston Texans out of Virginia Tech, has made five pro bowls since entering the league in 2008.
Brown comes in at a much needed time immediatly following another injuring to tackle Mekhi Becton. Brown’s initial meeting with the team happened just a few days before the Becton injury – his presence in the lockerroom and experience would have been beneficial regardless of the status of what is considered to be an ascending Jets offensive line. But now with the absense of Becton – another one – Brown is expected to slide in at the starting left tackle position.
Joe Douglas wants to win now. And he’s sent the message: the Jets have project players, but are not a project team.
Douglas’ approach to creating a roster that has a mix of youth and experience seems much more fluid and organic. A young, rebuilding team signing older players on the basis of how many years they have in the league can sometimes feel rigid, forced, and often awkward. This doesn’t.
Duane Brown allowed just 8 sacks and 5 penalties in 2021. He has started all 203 games he has appeared in.
George Fant will remain at right tackle. The offensive line from left to right as of today:
LT – Duane Brown
LG – Laken Tomlinson
C – Connor McGovern
RG – Alijah Vera-Tucker
RT – George Fant
The Jets take on the Philadelphia Eagles tonight in their first preseason game of the season.