The New York Jets added another starting-caliber player to their impressive defensive line, agreeing to terms with former Chicago Bears defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, his agents announced on Wednesday.
Jenkins is expected to sign a two-year contract for $7 million, including a $3 million guarantee, a league source said.
A short time later, the Jets finalized a previously reported contract with former Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon. It's a three-year contract that can max out at $12 million, according to his agent, Richard Kopelman. It includes a $4 million guarantee.
McLendon is projected as the starting nose tackle, replacing the departed Damon Harrison. The Jets envision Jenkins as a rotational player off the bench, someone who can be a 3-4 end or a 4-3 tackle.
Jenkins started 15 games last season for the Bears in their 3-4 defense. He recorded a career-high four sacks, including 3.5 in the first six games. Previously, he played for the Washington Redskins. He was a second-round pick out of Clemson in 2011. He has 108 career tackles, six sacks and no forced fumbles. He's regarded by scouts as a run-stopper whose main contributions come on first and second down. He turns 28 on April 24.