The Jets lost the last two remaining members of their 2012 draft class, linebacker Demario Davis and safety Antonio Allen. But they offset those departures Wednesday by beefing up their defensive line, signing 6-4, 300-pound end Jarvis Jenkins and 6-3, 310-pound nose tackle Steve McLendon.
Although the Jets have yet to officially announce the moves, a source told Newsday that Jenkins signed a two-year, $7-million deal that includes $3 million guaranteed. McLendon’s agent, Richard Kopelman, said his client signed a three-year, $12-million contract that includes a guaranteed $4 million in the first year.
Davis and Allen, both free agents, signed with the Browns and Texans, respectively.
Since the departure of nose tackle Damon Harrison, the Jets have been focused on fortifying their defensive line.
Jenkins, 27, visited the Jets Friday and appeared to be leaning toward joining them, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that his agents acknowledged on Twitter that a deal had been reached. Jenkins was drafted in the second round by Washington in 2011 and signed a one-year deal with Chicago last year. He had four sacks, a career high, and six tackles for a loss in 15 starts with the Bears.
McLendon, who went undrafted in 2009, spent his six-year career in Pittsburgh. Last season was the first time since 2012 that he played all 16 games. He was limited to 12 in 2014 by a shoulder injury and had surgery the following offseason.
While the Jets were busy adding pieces, Davis and Allen headed out the door. Davis’ meeting in Cleveland on Monday was his first free-agent visit this offseason, and the Browns weren’t about to let him leave without a deal. Davis, represented by Dave Butz and Long Island-based Alan Herman, officially signed Wednesday. It’s a two-year, $8-million deal that includes $4 million guaranteed, according to a source.
“Want to officially thank @woodyjohnson4 and the @nyjets for a great 1st 4 years in the NFL. My family and I will miss NY,” Davis tweeted. “Want to officially thank the @Browns for giving my family and I an opportunity to be a part of the future you are building.”
Davis played all 64 games in his four-year career and started every game at inside linebacker the past three seasons. Still, there were questions about his productivity, and his future with the Jets was in doubt once he began splitting reps with Erin Henderson in late November. Davis had 349 career tackles, 6 1⁄2 sacks, eight passes defensed and an interception with the Jets.
Allen signed a one-year deal with Houston. The hard-hitting safety spent last season on injured reserve after having surgery for a torn Achilles tendon. He recorded 110 tackles, 13 passes defensed, 2.5 sacks and contributed on special teams.
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