Jets Rumors: Jordan Jenkins Agrees to 1-Year, $5M Contract; Had 8 Sacks in 2019

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMarch 23, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 24: Jordan Jenkins #48 of the New York Jets reacts from the sidelines during the second half of their game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Free-agent outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins is reportedly re-signing with the New York Jets on a one-year contract worth $5 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday afternoon. 

The 25-year-old recorded a career-high eight sacks across 14 games (13 starts) for the Jets in 2019. Jenkins led the team in sacks and tied with All-Pro safety Jamal Adams for a team-high two forced fumbles.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jenkins explored "a few options, but he was always interested in playing for [Jets defensive coordinator] Gregg Williams again." Mehta added that Jenkins' options included the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.

The Jets drafted Jenkins in the third round of the 2016 draft out of Georgia. He has developed steadily since then—notching 2.5 sacks as a rookie followed by 3.0 sacks in 2017, 7.0 sacks in 2018 before excelling in the final year of his rookie deal last season:


Top-graded rookie edge defenders Joey Bosa, @Chargers, 89.9 Jordan Jenkins, @NYJets, 73.7 No one else was above 65.0. https://t.co/e41i2KTxon

On Sunday, New York agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Pierre Desir after the 29-year-old was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday:

PFF NY Jets @PFF_Jets

Desir's last two seasons 2019: -58.8 grade -8 defensive stops -Gave up 676 yards, 5 TD, 100.2 passer rating -8 PBUs 2018: -77.7 grade -17 defensive stops (25th in NFL) -Gave up 627 yards, 2 TD, 84.8 passer rating -10 PBUs Let's hope he can refind that 2018 form #Jets https://t.co/V9Rs3hhskQ

Connor Hughes @Connor_J_Hughes

The #Colts told Pierre Desir they were releasing him at 12 pm The #Jets called at 12:30. I caught up with the corner to talk about his successes in '17 & '18, what happened in '19, and how a call from Gregg Williams solidified his decision to join #NYJ https://t.co/fNG4bmDIgz

The Jets have also re-signed cornerback Brian Poole to help bolster a unit that ranked seventh in total defense last season.