The Jets were badly in need of offensive line depth and on Thursday they added some when they agreed to terms with left tackle Duane Brown.
Brown, 37, will sign a two-year deal, a source confirms to NJ Advance Media. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported on Brown’s deal with the Jets. The 15-year veteran played the last four-plus seasons with the Seahawks and made his fifth Pro Bowl last year.
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He’ll likely be used in a depth role as insurance for an injury to one of the Jets’ starting tackles. The Jets have five proven starters on the offensive line, but many of their backups have struggled in recent seasons especially at tackle. And given the injury concerns surrounding Mekhi Becton, he missed 18 games in his first two seasons and left a training camp practice Monday with an injury to his surgically-repaired right knee, the Jets would have been reckless to head into the season without adding some proven depth.
Brown gives them just that. He’s clearly still playing at a high level, and while he’s not the player he was – he was named a first-team, All-Pro in 2012 and made the Pro Bowl three straight years from 2012-14 with the Texans – he’s exactly what they need to get through this season in one piece.
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The only downside is versatility. Brown has played at left tackle his entire career, so asking him to learn to play right tackle at this stage isn’t likely. But the Jets’ current right tackle, George Fant, has experience playing on both sides. So if Becton were to miss a game during the regular season the Jets could shift Fant to right tackle and plug in Brown at left tackle.
The Jets had been linked to Brown since early in the offseason and he was on the sideline during the Green & White practice early in training camp.
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