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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets kicked off free agency with a furious
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deal worth $10 million on Wednesday. They also agreed to terms with former
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater – also on a one-year contract,
according to published reports.
McCown, who’ll turn 39 in July, had a career season last year while setting
individual highs with 2,926 yards passing and 18 touchdowns, and quickly
established himself as a respected leader in the locker room.
The quarterback wrote in a Twitter post that included a photo by one of his
sons that he was waiting for some food at a Chick-fil-A restaurant while signing
his new contract.
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me, I’ve been on a few teams now and changed scenery a little bit,” McCown told
the team’s official website. ”To have a chance to come back to a place that I’ve
had an opportunity to build relationships with the people in the building and
especially the guys in the locker room I think was important to me. It was hard
to pass that up.”
Bridgewater is still looking to return from a serious knee injury in August
2016 that sidelined him for most of the past two years. He threw just two passes
last season for the Vikings, including one that was intercepted. The 25-year-old
Bridgewater was a first-round draft pick in 2014 out of Louisville and was
largely considered a rising star at his position before the injury.
New York is far from set at the quarterback position, though. The Jets have
the No. 6 overall pick in the draft in April and could add a top rookie to the
mix to compete with McCown and Bridgewater for the starting job.
There will be several other new faces on New York’s roster this
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running back Isaiah Crowell. The Jets are also adding cornerback Trumaine
Johnson and center Spencer Long, according to multiple reports.
Williamson signed a three-year contract worth $22.5 million with New York
after spending his first four NFL seasons with Tennessee and leading the Titans
in tackles in two of those years.
The 26-year-old Williamson will be a replacement at inside linebacker for
Demario Davis, who led the Jets in tackles last season with a career season but
is 29 and left as a free agent. Williamson has 11 sacks and 377 tackles with two
interceptions and three forced fumbles. He’ll likely combine with Darron Lee to
man the middle of the Jets’ linebacker group.
Williamson was a fifth-round pick out of Kentucky in the 2014 draft. He
became a starter for the Titans early in his rookie season and became a
consistent playmaker during his four years with the team.
Crowell is joining the Jets on a three-year contract, adding depth to their
backfield following the retirement of Matt Forte.
Crowell spent his first four seasons in Cleveland after signing with the
Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State in 2014. He ran for 853
yards and two touchdowns last season, and caught 28 passes for 182 yards.
The 25-year-old Crowell complements veteran Bilal Powell and second-year back
Elijah McGuire in New York’s running game. Forte recently announced his
retirement after two seasons with the Jets, creating a need for the team this
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during that span. He had 3,118 yards rushing and 21 TDs with 96 catches for 770
yards and a score in four years with the Browns. He is a durable back who hasn’t
missed a game in his NFL career.
Johnson will give coach Todd Bowles’ defense a legitimate No. 1 cornerback to
pair with the young playmaking safety duo of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
Terms weren’t immediately known, but Pro Football Talk reported that it’s for
five years and $72.5 million, including $34 million guaranteed at signing. That
would make Johnson’s deal one of the biggest in franchise history.
Johnson, one of the top free agents at his position, spent his first six
seasons with the Rams and had 18 interceptions while establishing himself as one
of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL.
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Johnson was a third-round pick out of Montana in 2012 and established himself
as a solid starter in his second season. His breakout season came in 2015, when
he had a career-high seven interceptions.
The Rams used the franchise tag on Johnson the past two offseasons. His
man-to-man coverage skills make him a valuable addition to the Jets, where he
will again work with secondary coach Dennard Wilson – his position coach with
the Rams from 2015-16.
The Jets are also upgrading the center position by adding Long. Wesley
Johnson was the starting center last season as the replacement for Nick Mangold,
but struggled at times and is now a free agent.
Long was a third-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 2014 and played both
center and guard for the Redskins. He became Washington’s starter at center
early in the 2016 season after a season-ending injury to Kory
The 27-year-old Long is coming off an injury, though. He was placed on
injured reserve last November with knee tendinitis.