The New York Jets will sign five-time Pro-Bowler offensive tackle Duane Brown to a two-year deal worth $22 million, according to reports from Adam Schefter from ESPN and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network.
Comp update: Jets are giving Duane Brown a two-year, $22 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2022
On Monday, the Jets lost one of their starting offensive tackle Mekhi Becton to an avulsion fracture in his right kneecap. The third-year player will need surgery and is very likely to miss most of the season recovering. This is also the second big injury for the former first-rounder.
To replace him, the Jets reached a deal with one of the best offensive tackles remaining in the free agency market. A 14-year veteran who has played with the Houston Texans and, most recently, the Seattle Seahawks. He was named to the first-team All-Pro in 2012 and has two selections to the second-team All-Pro.
There was already interest from both parties, given Brown visited the Jets on the weekend. Last season, he started all 17 games for Seattle and allowed eight sacks. Zach Wilson, the starting quarterback for the Jets, was sacked 44 times in his rookie year so the protection is needed in New York.