The New York Jets have re-signed veteran defensive tackle Steve McLendon. The 6’3’”, 310-pound McLendon played in all 16 games and started 14 games for the Jets in 2018 and recorded 44 tackles. In his three years with the Jets the 33 year old McLendon has played in 43 out of 48 games and recorded 108 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Steve McLendon was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Troy University in 2009. He spent the 2009 season on the Steelers’ practice squad before making the jump to the 53 man roster in 2010. McLendon spent the first seven years of his NFL career in the Steelers organization before the Jets signed him as an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
The signing of McLendon appears to begin to answer, at least for now, how the Jets might address the lack of experienced defensive tackles on the roster. Reportedly McLendon’s deal is for one year, $2.5 million with $1 million in additional incentives, making it a deal for a maximum possible $3.5 million.