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Jets sign former Lions TE Kellen Davis

One of the elements the New York Jets lacked last season was a true blocking tight end. Now they have one.

On Wednesday, they signed former Detroit Lions tight end Kellen Davis to a one-year contract, according to a league source.

The 29-year-old Davis, joining his sixth team in nine years, will join a tight-end group that includes Jace Amaro, Jeff Cumberland and Zach Sudfeld, all of whom are better receivers than blockers. Davis has only 50 career receptions -- only three over the last two seasons -- so we're not talking about a player who will be featured in the passing game.

Davis (6-foot-7, 265 pounds), who won a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, played only six games with the Lions. After getting cut by the New York Giants in training camp, he didn't sign with the Lions until October. He got released a month later and returned in December. He played only 137 snaps on offense, had no catches and was targeted just three times.

Detect a trend?

The big spending is over, and the Jets are shopping in the bargain aisle, beefing up their depth by signing older vets to one-year contracts -- defensive linemen Stephen Bowen and Kevin Vickerson, guard James Brewer and tackle Corey Hilliard. Chances are, some of them won't make the team, but these are no-risk signings in terms of the financials.

They're also showing interest in linebacker Jason Trusnik (Miami Dolphins) and linebacker Spencer Paysinger (New York Giants).