Freddie Bishop to Jets: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 30:  Freddie Bishop III #95 of the Calgary Stampeders celebrates after sacking Zach Collaros #4 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game at BC Place November 30, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have dipped into the Canadian Football League pool, signing defensive end Freddie Bishop on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Bishop, who Schefter reported met with seven teams before ultimately signing with the Jets, received a deal for two years, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News

Schefter did not disclose the financial figures of the deal.

The 25-year-old product of Western Michigan signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but the team cut him a month later. 

He spent the last two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, tallying 14 sacks in 25 games. In 2014, Calgary won the Grey Cup, the CFL’s version of the Super Bowl. Bishop last fall shared a highlight reel of himself from the 2015 campaign:

After Bishop met with seven NFL teams, per Schefter, his return to the U.S. seemed inevitable. The Stampeders announced Friday they'd released Bishop to allow him to sign with the Jets:

At 6’4” and 255 pounds, Bishop can fill the Jets’ immediate need as an edge-rusher or outside linebacker.

The Jets cut former first-round pick Quinton Coples midway through the season, and strong-side linebacker Calvin Pace, whom they waived last year before bringing him back, is set to become a free agent next month. And the team's third-round pick from a year ago, Lorenzo Mauldin, wasn't an every-down player in 2015.

The Jets were among the biggest surprises of 2015, finishing 10-6 and narrowly missing the playoffs in the final week of the season. Their success was in large part due to their stingy defense, which allowed the fourth-fewest yards in the league.

But to build on their breakout campaign under first-year head coach Todd Bowles, they needed to address their pass rush.