New York Jets to sign Sheldon Rankins

Brendan Carpenter
Oct 6, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) celebrates after a sack of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets are set to sign defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The deal is reportedly for two-years, $17 million.

The former first-round pick has spent the last five seasons with the Saints, starting 33 games. Rankins totaled 17.5 sacks, 116 tackles and 44 quarterback hits with New Orleans. He had 1.5 sacks this past season.

The soon-to-be sixth-year player out of Louisville was drawing a decent amount of interest around the league. Rankins is now joining a Jets defense that already has Quinnen Williams and Folorunso Fatkasi at the defensive tackle spots.

If nothing else, he will add depth to the defensive line. Rankins now becomes the fifth addition to Robert Saleh’s defense in free agency.