Jets Sign Former Ravens Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor
The Jets have added another valuable piece to their linebacking core, signing former Baltimore linebacker Patrick Onwuasor. According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, his new contract is a one-year deal after four years spent with the Ravens.
Onwuasor joins former teammate C.J. Mosley in a deep linebacker group for the team going into 2020. Onwuasor started just 6 games last year and recorded 3 sacks. He has a total of 9.5 sacks in the past three seasons, to go with 213 tackles.
The Arizona product doesn’t have the production of an edge rusher. He is, however, a solid blitzer and could be used as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 formation. His place is not guaranteed, though – he’ll have to earn it. If the Jets sign a high-profile pass-rusher, his place could be in jeopardy if the Jets move to a 4-3 defensive scheme.
As we noted, he’ll compete for a starting job during training camp in Florham Park. Jordan Jenkins is a lock on the outside, while Mosley is in a similar situation as an ILB. Tarell Basham, who has made just 4 sacks in three career seasons, could face being relegated. Meanwhile, Avery Williamson has been a subject of conversations regarding his starting spot. However, it would take more dramatic circumstances for him to be benched or cut.
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