New York Jets add OT Duane Brown after Mekhi Becton’s serious knee injury

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – With right tackle Mekhi Becton likely sidelined all season with a knee injury, the New York Jets have finalized a two-year, $22 million deal with the five-time Pro Bowler offensive tackle Duane Brown, sources told ESPN. .

The veteran free agent visited the Jets over the weekend, attending their annual green and white scrimmage at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets began courting Brown ahead of Becton’s injury on Monday. Initially, coach Robert Saleh said Brown would be a “bonus” because he was happy with his tackling situation, but that changed on Monday night when Becton’s MRI revealed a fractured right kneecap.

Brown, who turns 37 on Aug. 30, has 203 career starts — all at left tackle. His position with the Jets has yet to be determined, a source said. This will be discussed once arrived. He hasn’t missed a start in the past two seasons while playing for the Seattle Seahawks. He made the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement last season.

Statistically, Brown has performed well for the Seahawks. He was 26th among offensive tackles in pass block completion rate, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

If Brown plays at left tackle, George Fant will return to right tackle, where he played in 2020. Current replacements are Conor McDermott and Chuma Edoga, neither of whom are locks to make the final roster. McDermott sprained his left ankle during the scrimmage and is expected to miss one to two weeks. The Jets also selected Max Mitchell in the fourth round of the 2022 draft.

On Wednesday, Saleh said the right tackle position was open competition. There’s a good chance Edoga (12 career starts) will start Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he’s just a backup now that Brown is on the team.

“The most important thing – without offending anyone else on the team – is to protect the quarterback,” Saleh said. “So the person best prepared to protect the quarterback will be there.”

The Jets spent months looking for an experienced replacement for Fant and Becton. In June, they visited Riley Reiff, who ended up signing with the Chicago Bears. The sense of urgency increased with Becton’s injury, which occurred on Monday.

Brown was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon. He was convicted of a misdemeanor and released after posting $10,000 bond.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

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