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Rich get richer: Jets finalize deal with former Bears DE Jarvis Jenkins

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.

The Jets should be set on the defensive line, with the two newcomers joining Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams.