The Jets solidified their secondary when they brought back one of their own free agents, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $7-million contract with cornerback Morris Claiborne on Thursday, a source told Newsday.
Claiborne had only one interception last season but had eight pass breakups and 43 tackles in 15 starts. He has dealt with health issues throughout his six-year career but missed only one game, because of a sore foot, last season.
The return of Claiborne means he’ll pair up with newly acquired free-agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who signed a five-year, $72.5-million deal with $34 million in guarantees. The Jets also have cornerback Buster Skrine, who can cover slot receivers in the nickel package.
Claiborne left the Cowboys after the 2016 season and signed a one-year deal with the Jets with the goal of proving himself to get a future deal. After this past season, Claiborne reportedly had interest from eight to 10 teams as he entered free agency, but he wanted to remain with the Jets.
After losing kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who signed with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the Jets replaced him by announcing the signing of Cairo Santos to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Santos has converted 84.1 percent of his field goal attempts and 96.2 percent of his extra points in his four-year career. The 2017 season was frustrating for Santos, who was placed on injured reserve by two teams because of groin injuries. For the season, Santos was 4-for-5 on field-goal attempts and converted all 14 PATs.
The Jets also announced the signing of running back Isaiah Crowell to a three-year deal worth $12 million, including $6 million guaranteed. Crowell led the Browns with 853 rushing yards on a career-high 206 carries in 16 starts last season.
While Claiborne returned, one of the Jets’ own free agents left them, as tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins signed a two-year, $10-million deal with the Jaguars, according to NFL Network. The offer was more than what the Jets proposed during the season — two years for $8 million. Seferian-Jenkins had 50 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns last season.