Ijalana is signing a two-year, $11 million contract, a league source said Thursday. The first year, believed to be about $5 million, is fully guaranteed.
It's not a sexy move, but it's a solid move for the Jets. For one, they don't have another left tackle on the roster after declining to exercise Ryan Clady's option. Secondly, Ijalana is young (27) and can play multiple spots on the offensive line, mainly left and right tackle. If he had hit the open market, he probably would've been scooped up by another team.
Because it's not a monster contract, the Jets won't be precluded from drafting a left tackle in the second or third round.
LG: James Carpenter
RG: Brian Winters
RT: Brandon Shell