According to multiple reports, the New York Jets have agreed to terms with linebacker Neville Hewitt to return to the Jets. The deal is expected to be a one year contract for $2 million.
Neville Hewitt, a soon to be 27 year old, 6’ 2”, 235 pound linebacker out of Marshall, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2015. In three years with the Dolphins he saw limited playing time, with 38 games played but just seven starts. The Jets signed Hewitt in 2018, and he has been with the team the last two years. In 2019 Hewitt was forced into extensive action as both starting inside linebackers, C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson, succumbed to season ending injuries. Hewitt took advantage of the increased playing time and responded with a career year. Hewitt played 12 games for the Jets in 2019, all starts. He finished the year with 75 tackles, six tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits, five passes defended and three sacks, all career highs. It was a surprisingly good year for the career backup linebacker.
Hewitt provides solid, inexpensive depth at the inside linebacker position, and if the Jets choose to cut Williamson to free up cap space, knowing Hewitt can step in and start in his place and play competently is a nice option for the Jets.