New York Jets Sign Defensive Tackle Sheldon Rankins to a Two-Year Deal

Published 03/21/2021, 7:27 PM EDT


The New York Jets finished at the bottom of the AFC East table yet again in 2020. Adam Gase could only lead the Jets to a 2-14 record in his second full season as NFL head coach. He ended up without a job post the 2020 NFL season. GM Joe Douglas moved quickly to appoint former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, as their new head coach heading into the 2021 NFL season.

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The Jets, who own the second overall pick at the 2021 NFL Draft, are reportedly on the hunt for a new marquee quarterback. The likes of Justin Fields (Ohio State), Mac Jones (Alabama Crimson Tide), and Zach Wilson (BYU), are reportedly all being scouted by the New York-based franchise.

But that hasn’t stopped them from bringing in additional players to strengthen their 51-man roster this offseason.

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Sheldon Rankins becomes the latest player to sign for the New York Jets

GM Joe Douglas-led New York Jets started the free agency period with around $67.3 million in cap space. They’ve used up a major chunk of that amount in order to bring in some much-needed depth to their roster.

New York Jets free agent signings this month:

  • Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (3 years, $37.5M)
  • Cincinnati Bengals DE Carl Lawson (3 years, $45M)
  • Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis (1 year, $7M)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole (1 year, $5.5M)
  • Las Vegas Raiders S Lamarcus Joyner (1 year, $4.5M)

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The latest player to join their ranks is defensive tackle, Sheldon Rankins. The 26-year-old has reportedly put pen to paper on a two-year deal worth a reported $17 million. The former 2016 first-round pick (12th overall) has enjoyed 5 fruitful years with New Orleans Saints. However, he is now expected to help the Jets push for a playoff spot in 2021 under the tutelage of the defensive maestro, coach Robert Saleh.

Rankins spent some time on the injured reserve list last season due to a knee injury. Since making his NFL debut in 2016, Rankins registered 17.5 sacks and 116 tackles while playing for the Saints. Fans will hope the youngster can overcome his injury struggles and nail down a permanent spot in the Jets’ defensive line in the coming years.

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