Source AP: Jets sign OT Duane Brown to 2-year contract


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets and offensive tackle Duane Brown agreed to terms on a two-year contract Thursday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

The move came three days after the Jets learned they likely lost Mekhi Becton for the season to a knee injury suffered in practice.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing. ESPN first reported the agreement between the Jets and Brown. NFL Network announced the deal was worth $22 million.

Brown, who turns 37 on Aug. 30, visited the Jets and watched their scrimmage at MetLife Stadium last Saturday night. Coach Robert Saleh acknowledged there was a “mutual interest” and Becton’s injury made a deal even more likely.

Becton suffered a broken kneecap in the second game of the 11-on-11 team drills on Monday. The initial prognosis was optimistic, but an MRI later revealed more damage to the knee than expected.

After Becton injured his same knee in the season opener last year, George Fant slipped from right tackle to left side and played well. Fant retained the starting spot at left tackle entering the side, with Becton moving to the right side for the first time.

Saleh praised Fant’s play in Becton’s absence and said the versatile veteran was “much more comfortable” with the left tackle. But the addition of Brown – Fant’s former Seattle teammate – means Fant could once again move to the right side.

Brown, who made his fifth Pro Bowl appearance last season, played left tackle his entire NFL career.

The Jets were working Chuma Edoga and rookie Max Mitchell at right tackle in Becton’s absence. Conor McDermott was also considered part of the mix, but will be sidelined for at least another week with a lower ankle injury.

Brown was a first-round pick by Houston out of Virginia Tech in 2008. He was selected as an All-Pro in 2012 and played in three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2012 to 2014 before being traded to Seattle during the season. 2017.

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