Jets signing Sheldon Rankins to two-year deal

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The Jets are adding another piece to their defensive front.

Per NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, New York will sign former Saints first-round pick Sheldon Rankins to a two-year deal worth up to $17 million.

Tom Pelissero, also of NFL Media, reports the Bengals pushed to sign Rankins, but he decided to land in the AFC East.

New Orleans selected Rankins at No. 12 overall in the 2016 draft. He’s since appeared in 63 games with 33 starts, but has dealt with significant injuries throughout his career.

Rankins broke his leg during training camp as a rookie, and played only nine games in 2016. He then started all 32 games in the next two regular seasons, but suffered a torn Achilles in the divisional round of the 2018 playoffs. He played only 10 games in 2019 and 12 in 2020.

In his best season of 2018, the defensive tackle racked up 8.0 sacks with 12 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hits. Rankins has recorded 17.5 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, and 44 quarterback hits in his career.

Rankins was No. 93 on PFT’s list of top 100 free agents.

8 responses to “Jets signing Sheldon Rankins to two-year deal

  1. Another good move from GM Joe Douglas.

    High potential benefit and low cost if it doesn’t pan out. Not too much guaranteed.

    With a good draft and a fresh QB they could get to 8-8 or maybe better.

    Every move Douglas makes shows how horrible his predecessors were.

  2. And still no real o line help. I can already see in September the TV announcer saying ” the wide receiver is wide open but the QB is sacked again”

  3. This guy was very dominant before he started racking up the injuries. Think the Jets are getting the diminished version though.

  4. Now auction off the #2 pick for a treasure trove of picks and build up these talent starved roster. Run it back with Darnold for 1 more year, you’ll find out if he’s your guy or if it’s time to draft a rookie QB into a better roster situation.

  5. If he could ever get healthy and stay healthy, he can be a dominant pass rusher and pocket collapser. But you just can’t count on him being in the lineup.

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