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4-12, 4th in AFC East

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The addition of former Bears TE Daniel Brown, who agreed to terms Monday night, is a move designed to help the special teams. Brown played in 223 special-teams snaps last season for the Bears (only 23 on offense). After losing some of their core special teamers in free agency, the Jets have made a concerted effort to address it, acquiring players such and Brown and Josh Bellamy, another ex-Bear. Brown also could fill the role of TE2 or TE3. Right now, the only tight ends are Chris Herndon and Jordan Leggett. Brown, 26, has never had more than 16 catches in a season.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets addressed their offensive-line depth by signing former Vikings LG Tom Compton, who started 14 games last season. He can play every position except left tackle and center, so he checks the "versatile" box. He struggled in pass protection last season, grading out as 47th among guards, per Pro Football Focus. Compton, who will be 30 on opening day, has played for four different teams with a total of 30 career starts. He can back up LG Kelechi Osemele and RG Brian Winters. On Tuesday, the Jets will host C/G Stefen Wisniewski on a free-agent visit. They still haven't adequately addressed the center position.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets offseason scorecard: Additions — RB Le'Veon Bell, LB CJ Mosley, WR Jamison Crowder, G Kelechi Osemele, WR Josh Bellamy, CB Brian Poole, K Chandler Catanzaro. Returning — DE Henry Anderson, DT Steve McLendon, C Jonotthan Harrison, CB Darryl Roberts, LB Neville Hewitt. Subtractions — K Jason Myers, KR Andre Roberts, CB Buster Skrine and G James Carpenter, C Spencer Long, DT Mike Pennel, S Terrence Brooks, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis. ANALYSIS: Bell and Mosley are lead dogs, as Jamal Adams might say. Crowder and Osemele are upgrades. Special teams? Ouch! Still need help at center, edge rusher and corner. Now under $50M in cap room.

Bill Barnwell ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'veon Bell's deal doesn't have the sort of practical guarantees Todd Gurley got from the Rams, even though Gurley was still two years away from unrestricted free agency when he signed his deal. Gurley's guarantees $21.95 million up front, but the Rams would owe $21.8 million in dead money if they had cut Gurley before today, which was never going to happen, given that the cap hit for Gurley to stay on the roster in 2019 is only $9.2 million. As of today, Gurley's 2019 base salary ($5 million), 2020 base salary ($5.5 million), and roster bonus ($7.55 million) all become fully guaranteed. Add that up and Gurley has $40 million practically guaranteed by the structure of his deal over three years. Bell's deal guarantees more money at signing on paper. At the time he signs his deal, Bell gets a $8 million signing bonus, and his 2019 base salary ($2 million), 2019 roster bonus ($4.5 million), 2020 base salary ($6.5 million), and 2020 roster bonus ($5 million) are all guaranteed in full. That's a total of $26 million. After that, though, the Jets have no further guarantees to Bell. Bell could make $13.5 million through his base salary and roster bonus in 2021, but the Jets could also cut him and owe just $4 million. In reality, Gurley's deal is a three-year, $40-million contract, while Bell's deal is a two-year, $26-million pact.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

A few takeaways on Le'Veon Bell's four-year, $52.5M contract: It includes $25M guaranteed at signing ... Basically, it's a two-year, $26M deal ... He will make this season what he gave up by refusing to play last year on the franchise tag — 14.5M (if he collects a $500K roster bonus for playing in every game) ... No guarantees after Year 2. Maybe the Jets learned a lesson from the Darrelle Revis deal ... He gets a $3M bonus on the first day of training camp in 2021 and 2022 — a holdout deterrent (not that he's afraid of leaving money on the table) ... Cap charges: $8.5M, $13.5M, $15.5M, $15M ... If they cut him in 2021, they save $11.5M.

Orlovsky: Jets not a playoff team in tough AFC (1:25)
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Jets bring back kicker Catanzaro

Chandler Catanzaro returns to the Jets who he kicked for in 2017 when he converted 25 of 30 field goal attempts and made all 29 extra point tries.

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Bell: No regrets after 'beautiful deal' with Jets

Widely criticized for sitting out last season and overplaying his negotiating hand as he entered free agency, running back Le'Veon Bell claimed Thursday night that he had no regrets, saying he landed a "beautiful deal" with the New York Jets.

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Vikes' Barr on spurning Jets: 'Followed my heart'

Anthony Barr said the hours leading up to his decision to renege on his agreement to join the Jets and re-sign with the Vikings marked "one of the worst days of my life," but he said he's ultimately at peace with it.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

With Buster Skrine signing with the Bears, the Jets found a new slot corner in Brian Poole, a non-tender free agent who played three seasons with the Falcons. He's signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract, per ESPN's Adam Schefter — more than he would've made on the Atlanta tender. Poole's coverage slipped a bit last season and he committed a career-high seven penalties (five accepted). He's an excellent blitzer, which makes him a good fit in Gregg Williams' pressure scheme. Right now, the top three corners are Trumaine Johnson, Darryl Roberts and Poole. Mo Claiborne is not expected to re-sign.

Expectations high for Darnold after the Jets' additions on offense? (1:35)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Roberts, who signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Bills, questioned the Jets' decision not to re-sign him after he made Associated Press' All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl as a returner. "I was surprised," he said. "Any guy that was an All-Pro and the team doesn't really want to sign him back, I think would be surprised. ... I understand it's a business thing. The way [the Jets] kind of handled it was a little shady. But it is what is." Roberts said he chose Buffalo in part to be able to play the Jets twice a year, adding, "Coming from there, I know all about what they're about. Being able to go against my old team is always going to be fun."


Barnwell: "The NY Jets were always the landing spot for Bell"

Bill Barnwell and Lindsay Jones of The Athletic discuss the Jets signing of Le'Veon Bell and missed signing of Anthony Barr. Should Bell be disappointed with the offers he received? Does he fit well with the Jets? Plus, does the signing of C.J. Mosely mean NY can rest easy missing out on Barr?

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

So long, Isaiah Crowell, another mediocre free-agent addition who didn't pan out. With Le'Veon Bell on board, the Jets have released Crowell, whose one season with the team will be remembered for two things: His 219-yard rushing day (a franchise record) and his crude butt-wiping celebration that netted him an endorsement deal with a company that sells a toilet-paper substitute for men. He embarrassed the franchise with that childish stunt, yet he never seemed to grasp what he did wrong. Truth be told, they would've cut him even if they hadn't signed Bell, because half his base salary ($2M of $4M) was due to become guaranteed tomorrow. By cutting Crowell, they wipe (pun intended) $3M of his $5M cap charge off the books.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

By retaining locker-room favorite Steve McLendon, the Jets helped their depth on the defensive line. At 33, he's a first- and second-down player who can play 20 to 30 snaps a game. He's probably a better rotational player at this point in his career. He played 42 percent of the snaps in 2018, and saw a slight decline in his production: His work ethic is contagious, and he's great for team chemistry. The starting defensive line remains intact, with Henry Anderson also returning, but there could be a big addition in the draft, Quinnen Williams or maybe Nick Bosa.

Team Stats

Passing Yards197.825th
Rushing Yards101.426th
Points For20.823rd
Points Against27.629th