Henry Anderson may not be relocating this offseason. The Jets are close to an agreement that would keep the defensive end in the Big Apple, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. It is a three-year, $25.2MM deal for Anderson, with a maximum value of $33MM. Rich Cimini of ESPN.com tweets that Anderson will net a hefty $17MM guarantee.
Acquired for a seventh-round pick on 2018 draft weekend, Anderson produced in his first Jets season, registering a career-high seven sacks. This tied for the Jets’ team-high mark, despite Anderson playing in fewer than 60 percent of New York’s snaps. He stands to rejoin Leonard Williams, who was once viewed as a trade candidate, on Gang Green’s 2019 defensive line.
The Colts traded Anderson because they were moving to a 4-3 defense. While most assumed Gregg Williams coming aboard as Jets DC would mean they would use that look, they are staying as a 3-4 base team for now. This helps Anderson, who stands to receive a considerable raise from his rookie deal.
While this unit will not be backed by both C.J. Mosley and Anthony Barr, with the latter spurning the Jets to return to the Vikings, the Jets have made a concerted effort to improve their front seven this week.
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