FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — With right tackle Mekhi Becton likely sidelined the entire season with a knee injury, the New York Jets finalized a two-year, $22 million contract with offensive tackle Duane Brown, a five-time Pro Bowler, sources told ESPN.
The veteran free agent visited with the Jets over the weekend, attending their annual Green & White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium.
The Jets began courting Brown before Becton’s injury Monday. Initially, coach Robert Saleh said Brown would be a “bonus” because he was satisfied with his tackle situation, but that changed Monday night when Becton’s MRI revealed a chip fracture in his 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. It will be discussed once he arrives. He didn’t miss a start the past two seasons while playing for the Seattle Seahawks. He made the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement last season.
Statistically, Brown performed well for the Seahawks. He finished 26th among offensive tackles in pass block win rate, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
If Brown plays left tackle, George Fant will move back to right tackle, where he played in 2020. The current backups are Conor McDermott and Chuma Edoga, neither of whom is a lock to make the final roster. McDermott sprained his left ankle in 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.
The Jets spent months looking for an experienced backup to Fant and Becton. In June, they visited with Riley Reiff, who wound up signing with the Chicago Bears. The sense of urgency was elevated with Becton’s injury, which occurred Monday.
Brown was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon. He was booked on a misdemeanor charge and released after posting a $10,000 bond.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter contributed to this report.
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