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Sources: Jets sign running back Stevan Ridley

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley runs

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley runs into the end zone past Dawan Landry during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 20, 2013) Credit: Getty

Darrelle Revis isn't the only former Patriot to defect to the Jets this offseason.

Sources confirmed on Wednesday that free-agent running back Stevan Ridley will sign with his former AFC East rival. It's a one-year deal.

Ridley, 26, played in six games for New England in 2014 before tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee. He joins a backfield that consists of Chris Ivory, the Jets' No. 1 running back the past two seasons, and Bilal Powell, a priority re-signing for new general manager Mike Maccagnan.

Ridley visited the Jets on April 1, a day after meeting with the Miami Dolphins. He also met with Washington on Tuesday, according to reports. The Dolphins and Redskins were among the teams that made Ridley an offer, per, but the opportunity to work with new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was too good to pass up.

In limited action last season, Ridley rushed for 340 yards and two touchdowns on 94 carries. He also caught four passes for 20 yards in those six games. He's a strong, between-the-tackles runner, but Ridley has had issues with fumbling.

Douzable returns. The Jets added even more depth to their defensive line by re-signing Leger Douzable Wednesday. A source told Newsday that Douzable signed a one-year deal. Financial terms of the contract are not yet known, but the veteran backup signed a one-year, $1-million deal last offseason. "Blessed to be back with my team, excited to get to work with my teammates and the coaches, to God be the Glory. #Jetlife," he tweeted.

Douzable, who will be 29 on May 31, emerged as an integral cog in the Jets' defensive line over the past two seasons with four sacks and 60 tackles, including seven for a loss.


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