The Jets are closing in on a deal with free agent nose tackle Steve McLendon, Kimberly Martin of Newsday in New York reported Tuesday.
McLendon visited the Jets Monday. Though he’s not the same player the recently departed Damon Harrison is, the additions of McLendon and Jarvis Jenkins give the Jets additional veteran presence on the interior of their defense.
Jenkins signed a three-year deal with the Jets last weekend. Harrison signed a big-money deal with the Giants at the start of free agency last week.
McLendon, 30, made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2010 and has played in Pittsburgh since. He has played in 79 games and started 32.
He played in all 16 games and started 10 last season. Primarily used as a first and second-down run-stuffer, McLendon has five career sacks and two forced fumbles.