What moves are the Jets making during the ever-important NFL free agency period?
Some would say the NFL offseason is better than the regular season.
They would be wrong. But the point is the months of March and April still cause football fans to keep their eyes peeled despite no teams actually hitting the field. The offseason gives life to bombshell reports along with the forming of storylines for the upcoming 17-game slate.
We start with free agency. It doesn’t officially commence until March 16, but prior to that, teams can look to re-sign some of their own players with expiring contracts. The “legal tampering period” additionally begins March 14 at noon ET.
March 28 — K Eddy Pineiro — Re-sign
The Jets are returning kicker Eddy Pineiro, who was a restricted free agent. It’s a one-year contract worth a max of $2.75 million, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2022
March 28 — DE Solomon Thomas — Sign
The Jets are bringing in Solomon Thomas, who was the No. 3 overall pick of the 49ers during the 2017 draft. The contract is a one-year deal.
Thomas was with Robert Saleh in San Francisco from 2017-20 and could provide the Jets with reliable pass-rushing depth behind Carl Lawson and John Franklin-Myers.
The 26-year-old recorded 3.5 sacks with the Raiders last year.
The Jets are signing DE Solomon Thomas, according to a source. Thomas was a 2017 first-round pick of the 49ers and played for Robert Saleh from 2017-20. He was with the Raiders last year.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 28, 2022
March 17 — EDGE Jacob Martin — Sign
The Jets bulk up the pass rush with the signing of edge rusher Jacob Martin to a three-year deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2022
Martin recorded four sacks for Houston in 2021. He’ll team up with defensive ends Carl Lawson and John Franklin-Myers, who both earned new contracts last year.
March 16 — TE Tyler Conklin — Sign
The Jets further add to the tight end room with the signing of Tyler Conklin. This comes after New York agreed to a three-year deal with C.J. Uzomah.
Conklin will certainly be another passing-game weapon for Zach Wilson — the now-former Viking caught 61 balls for 593 yards and three touchdowns last year
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2022
March 16 — QB Mike White — Original-round tender
Mike Effing White is back!
The fan-favorite backup quarterback, who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the injury-related absence of Zach Wilson, has earned an original-round tender. Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports it’s a $2.54 million tender.
Source confirms the #Jets have given Mike White an original-round tender. Monetary value is $2.54 million.
Quarterback room all back together again: Zach Wilson, Mike White, Joe Flacco.
Good training camp & preseason from White & maybe the #NYJ can flip him for a draft pick
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 16, 2022
March 16 — QB Joe Flacco — Re-sign
Joe Flacco is back with Gang Green!
The veteran quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP returns to the Jets on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. Flacco will, once again, serve as a backup to Zach Wilson.
Joe Flacco back to the Jets on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, per source.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 16, 2022
March 16 — K Eddy Pineiro — Original-round tender
The Jets have tendered placekicker Eddy Pineiro for $2.433 million. Pineiro converted all eight of his field-goal attempts with the Jets last year and was also 9-for-10 on extra-point attempts (five total games).
Jets tendering RFA kicker Eddy Pineiro for one year at $2.433 million, per @DrewJRosenhaus.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2022
March 16 — OL Dan Feeney — Re-sign
Dan Feeney is back in a Jets uniform. The offensive lineman appeared in 16 games last year with five starts.
Jets are bringing back OL Dan Feeney on a one-year deal, according to a source
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 16, 2022
March 15 — DL Nathan Shepherd — Re-sign
The Jets are bringing back Nathan Shepherd, who could see an increase in playing time due to the departure of Foley Fatukasi.
The Jets will re-sign Nathan Shepherd.
— DJ Bien-Aime (@Djbienaime) March 16, 2022
March 15 — S Jordan Whitehead — Sign
Another defensive back for the Jets. Jordan Whitehead will be headed to Florham Park after a four-year stint in Tampa Bay, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
Whitehead started 55 games for the Bucs from 2018-21 and is coming off a 73-tackle, two-interception campaign.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 15, 2022
Whitehead is a starting option with Marcus Maye likely gone. Will Joe Douglas additionally draft Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton in the first round?
March 15 — CB D.J. Reed — Sign
The Jets intend to sign cornerback D.J. Reed to a three-year, $33 million contract. Reed started 22 games for the Seahawks over the last two seasons. He’s surely a starting option for the Jets given his talent, experience, and the financial investment the team is making in him.
New York needed to address the secondary this offseason after allowing 259.4 passing yards per game in 2021 (30th in the NFL).
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 15, 2022
March 14 — TE C.J. Uzomah — Sign
The Jets have a new starting tight end!
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports New York will be signing former Bengal C.J. Uzomah to a three-year, $24 million deal. Uzomah just recorded career highs in catches (49), yards (493), and touchdowns (five) with the Bengals this past season.
Former Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah intends to sign a three-year, $24 million deal with the New York Jets, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2022
Uzomah started 61 games across seven seasons for Cincinnati — he’ll absolutely be the Jets’ top tight end in 2022.
Joe Douglas has now accomplished what was one of the Jets’ main goals for this offseason.
March 14 — RB Tevin Coleman — Re-sign
Douglas is bringing back Tevin Coleman, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Jets signed the veteran running back to a one-year deal last offseason.
The #Jets are re-signing veteran RB Tevin Coleman, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2022
Coleman rushed for 356 yards on 4.2 yards per carry in 11 games last year.
March 14 — WR/RS Braxton Berrios — Re-sign
In a phenomenal deal for the Jets, Douglas will be re-signing wide receiver/return specialist Braxton Berrios to a two-year, $12 million deal. That’s an average annual value of $6 million for Berrios, who was potentially seeking a contract in free agency that provided him around $9 million per year.
Berrios was a first-team All-Pro kick returner for New York last season, having returned 28 kicks for 852 yards (a league-leading 30.4 yards per return).
Jets are re-signing WR Braxton Berrios on a two-year, $12 million deal that includes $7 million fully guaranteed, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2022
March 14 — G Laken Tomlinson — Sign
The Jets have agreed to terms with guard Laken Tomlinson on a three-year, $40 million contract. Tomlinson will certainly be a starter on New York’s offensive line alongside soon-to-be second-year guard Alijah Vera-Tucker.
The #Jets are signing G Laken Tomlinson to a 3 year deal worth $40M, Max Value of $41.2M, $27M Guaranteed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2022
A huge goal for the Jets this offseason was to improve the offensive line to assist in the crucial development of quarterback Zach Wilson.
March 13 — FB Nick Bawden — Re-sign
The Jets have decided to retain fullback Nick Bawden on a one-year deal, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Bawden played in nine games last year and was mainly a special teamer for Gang Green.
#Jets have re-signed FB Nick Bawden to a one-year deal, per source.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 14, 2022
March 10 — S Lamarcus Joyner — Re-sign
The Jets signed safety Lamarcus Joyner to a one-year deal last year. Yet, the veteran lasted just 11 snaps before suffering a season-ending triceps tear in Week 1.
Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh must still see the value in Joyner though — the Jets have re-signed him to another one-year deal ahead of the 2022 campaign.
Veteran S Lamarcus Joyner is re-signing a one-year deal with the NY Jets, per his agent @SunnyTheAgent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2022
Joyner is a potential reserve option in the secondary but could find more playing time than expected if injuries occur to other players.
March 10 — S Will Parks — Re-sign
Will Parks is back with the Jets, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. He’s expected to provide depth in the defensive backfield.
The Jets have re-signed S Will Parks. Played in 3 games last season (2 starts). Nine tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PD. Depth signing at safety. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 10, 2022
March 9 — OL Conor McDermott — Re-sign
The Jets are bringing back reserve offensive lineman Conor McDermott on a one-year deal.
McDermott started in three games last year and appeared in a total of six. He will be back for his fourth season in a Jets uniform.
The #Jets are re-signing OL Conor McDermott on a 1-year deal, source said, keeping a versatile veteran in the fold.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2022
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