Today marks the first day of the free-agency period, and the New York Jets are set to make a splash after agreeing deals with five plays on Tuesday.
The contracts can’t officially be signed until 4pm ET today; however, the Jets are set to sign deals with quarterbacks Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, running back Isaiah Crowell and inside lineback Avery Williamson.
After missing out on prized free agent Kirk Cousins, the New York Jets addressed their gaping hole at quarterback, by adding two veterans – Bridgewater and McCown. Bridgewater, formerly a Minnesota Vikings starter, has agreed to a one-year contract. The 25-year-old missed the entire 2016 season and all but one game in 2017 after suffering a torn ACL and a dislocated knee during 2016’s training camp. Hours earlier, New York Jets re-signed McCown, their 2017 starter, to a one-year contract that is set to pay him $10 million. In his first season, McCown, 38, started 13 games with the Jets, posting career highs in passing yards (2,926) and touchdowns (18). McCown was told he will go into training camp as the starter, stating: ‘’I’m excited to be back with the organisation and continuing building on the chemistry in the locker room’’.
McCown and Bridgewater will be joined by another new face in the backfield, former Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell. The Jets have agreed a three-year deal with Crowell, who spent the past four seasons with the Browns, where he averaged 4.2 yards per carry with a strong receiver out of the backfield catching 96 passes. He does however come with some baggage. Crowell was kicked out of the University of Georgia for a firearm arrest in 2012, and in 2016, he posted a disturbing anti-police image to Instagram. Crowell later apologised and donated a game check to a police charity.
After being franchise tagged by the Rams in the past two offseasons, Trumine Johnson has finally been granted the freedom to peruse a long-term contract with a new team. On Tuesday, Johnson, the top available free agent cornerback, was snapped up by New York Jets for a whopping $15 million per year. The Jets also agreed to a deal with Avery Williamson, formerly of the Titans, which coincides with the end of Demario Davis’ time at the franchise. Davis, who is a free agent, was seeking big money from the Jets who were unwilling to give it to him. The financials of Williamson’s contract are yet to be confirmed but the 26-year-old was considered to be the top free agent inside linebacker on the market. He started 59 games for the Titans over four years and is known as the stout run-stuffer.