The New York Jets’ free agent spending spree continues over the weekend, as the team added another lineman and welcomed back a defender.
The New York Jets have continued to adjust their roster over the weekend. New York has agreed to terms with offensive lineman Josh Andrews and has re-signed linebacker Neville Hewitt.
Agent Brett Tessler confirmed that Andrews would sign with the Jets.
Happy to announce that G/C Josh Andrews is signing with the New York Jets… 6-year vet spent his first four years with the Philadelphia Eagles and the last two with the Colts. He's excited about the opportunity to reunite with GM Joe Douglas in NY.
— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) March 21, 2020
Andrews, a six-year NFL veteran, will reunite with Jets general manager Joe Douglas. It was Douglas, then the Vice President of Player Personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles, that helped give Andrews his first NFL opportunity. Andrews partook in two different tenures with the Eagles, first from 2014 through 2017 and then a stretch on their practice squad last season. Each of them partook in the Eagles’ victorious trek to Super Bowl LII.
The signing of Andrews appears to be one for depth. A Los Angeles native and Oregon State alum, Douglas has played 98 regular season snaps in his NFL career, including a career-high 61 with the Indianapolis Colts last season.
Andrews is the latest newcomer to the Jets’ offensive line, as the team previously added George Fant from Seattle and Connor McGovern from Denver. The team also brought back lineman Alex Lewis after acquiring him from Baltimore in a trade last summer.
Meanwhile, the Jets also opted to welcome back the veteran linebacker Hewitt, who is set to play his third year with the team. Hewitt set new career-highs with 75 tackles, five pass, deflections, three sacks, and two interceptions.
Formerly of the Miami Dolphins, Hewitt has risen to the occasion when injuries struck the defense over the past two seasons. He has put up 124 tackles and 4.5 sacks over his Jets career, which began when they signed him in March 2018.
Other Jets linebackers still up for free agency include Jordan Jenkins and Paul Worrilow.
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