The Jets are making a serious play for a big-time defensive player.
Free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told Yahoo Sports that the Jets have emerged as a serious contender for his services. A source confirmed to Newsday that the feeling is mutual between the parties.
Suh, who was released by the Dolphins in a cost-cutting measure, said the Titans, Rams and Saints also are in the mix. After releasing Muhammad Wilkerson to save $11 million in cap space in February, the Jets are searching for more depth and disrupters along the defensive line to pair with Leonard Williams.
In his prime, Suh, 31, was considered one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. In 2015, he signed a six-year, $114.3-million deal with the Dolphins with $59 million in guarantees.
He earned one Pro Bowl berth with the Dolphins and had 15 1⁄2 sacks and 13 pass breakups in 48 games. Last season, Suh had 4 1⁄2 sacks, 48 tackles, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups. His 2017 sack totals were his lowest since 2011, when he had four with the Lions.
Suh has yet to visit the Jets’ facility, but Yahoo Sports said he has spoken to coach Todd Bowles about how he would be utilized in the 3-4 defense. Suh is contemplating his options at his offseason home in Portland, Oregon.
The Jets announced that wide receiver/kick returner Andre Roberts and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis signed contracts Friday. Roberts had 38 kickoff returns for 860 yards and 27 punt returns for 201 yards for the Falcons last season.
In an interesting twist, receiver Terrelle Pryor, who agreed to terms with the Jets on Thursday night, posted a photo of himself on Twitter in a Jets uniform wearing No. 11. That number also belongs to the Jets’ leading receiver, Robby Anderson.
Pryor wore No. 11 with his last two teams, the Redskins and Browns. Pryor also has worn Nos. 87, 2 and 6.
On the quarterback front, the Jets attended Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen’s Pro Day on Friday. The Jets, led by general manager Mike Maccagnan, will hold a private workout for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen told The Rich Eisen Show that he’s had private workouts with the Jets, Giants, Browns and Bills. Rosen said he met the Giants’ co-owners during a dinner in Los Angeles.