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Jets sign guard Tom Compton, will meet with guard-center Stefen Wisniewski, source says

They're determined to upgrade the offensive line to block for Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell.  

Tom Compton #79 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts

Tom Compton #79 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts on the bench in the fourth quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Hannah Foslien

The Jets added size, depth and versatility to their offensive line Monday, but they’re still looking for more.

Free agent Stefen Wisniewski will meet with the Jets on Tuesday, a league source confirmed. Wisniewski has played left guard and center in eight seasons with the Raiders, Jaguars and Eagles.

Center definitely is an area of need, but the Jets have plugged holes at guard. They already had acquired Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders, and on Monday they signed Tom Compton.

Compton, listed at 6-6, 315 pounds, started 14 games for the Vikings last year. He has appeared in 85 games for Washington, Atlanta, Chicago and Minnesota and also has played right guard and right tackle.

Wisniewski would strengthen the line even more and give the Jets a proven center. Bolstering the line to protect Sam Darnold and create running room for newly signed Le’Veon Bell are priorities.

The two best free-agent centers were scooped up last week, when Mitch Morse signed with the Bills and Matt Paradis with the Panthers.

The 6-3, 305-pound Wisniewski played primarily left guard with the Eagles the past three seasons. Before that, he spent five years as the starting center for the Raiders and Jaguars.

Other teams, including the Vikings, are said to be interested in Wisniewski, who has good genes. His father, Leo, played three seasons with the Colts, and his uncle Steve was an eight-time Pro Bowl guard with the Raiders.

As of now, the Jets have Jonotthan Harrison to play center. He finished last season there after replacing Spencer Long, who struggled snapping because of an injured right hand. The Jets re-signed Harrison last week.

Linebacker and special-teamer Neville Hewitt also has re-signed with the Jets. He played in all 16 games, starting the last four at linebacker for the suspended Darron Lee. Hewitt had 39 tackles and 1 1⁄2 sacks.

The Jets also will sign former Bears tight end/special-teamer Daniel Brown, his agency tweeted.  Undrafted out of James Madison, Brown, 26, has caught 35 passes for 317 yards and one touchdown for the Ravens and Bears in four seasons. He had no targets or catches in 14 games for the Bears last year. Brown was utilized mostly on special teams.

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