The Jets have officially announced the signing of defensive end Freddie Bishop.
It was previously reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter on February 5th that Bishop reached an agreement with the Jets organization, but the team has just formally confirmed the move.
Bishop played at Western Michigan, earning Second Team All-MAC honors with 63 tackles and four sacks. He was signed by the Lions in May of 2013 after going undrafted, yet was released only one month later before the start of training camp. In July, Bishop was originally signed to the practice squad of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders before making the actual roster and beginning to receive significant playing time. Last season, Bishop led the defense with 11 sacks and registered a total of 44 tackles.
Measuring at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, Bishop possesses the perfect body for an outside edge rusher. Although he did have some success in Canada, these types of signings are no sure thing, so Bishop will have to prove himself in order to make an impact with the team. The Jets have been looking for more speed in the outside linebacker position following the release of Quinton Coples midseason and the fact that Calvin Pace is now a free agent, which might put Lorenzo Mauldin, who was only used in situational positions last year, in the top spot on the depth chart.