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New York Jets: Joe Douglas convinced another player out of retirement

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 3: Running Back Alex Collins #34 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball in the first quarter as he is tackled by outside linebacker Paul Worrilow #58 of the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 3: Running Back Alex Collins #34 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball in the first quarter as he is tackled by outside linebacker Paul Worrilow #58 of the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas has convinced another player out of retirement. Here are all the details and what it means.

Due to the timing of the hire, New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas missed out on the 2019 NFL Draft and the free agency period.

So he’s had to get pretty creative to put his spin on the 2019 Jets roster. In his seven months on the job, he’s made some waiver wire claims, a few trades, but most notably he convinced a former All-Pro player out of retirement.

While the Ryan Kalil signing has been a dud eight games into the season, that doesn’t mean his strategy stinks.

On Tuesday he went back to the drawing board and was able to convince another player off the couch.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network revealed that the Jets had signed linebacker Paul Worrilow.

The veteran linebacker has played for 4 different NFL teams and doesn’t have nearly the same track record as Kalil does. Yet Paul has some history with Joe Douglas from their time in Philadelphia together.

He hasn’t played any significant football since 2017 when he was with the Detroit Lions.

Worrilow was with the Eagles this summer but was released in mid-August. A few days later he signed a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, then a day later he informed the team he planned to retire.

After a few months away from the game, he’s back and ready to ball out for the New York Jets.

Currently, the green and white linebacker core is depleted beyond belief due to a litany of injuries to the top five linebackers on the depth chart. Worrilow will bring some much-needed depth and experience to the position.

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In a corresponding move, the Jets placed wide receiver Josh Bellamy and cornerback Trumaine Johnson on injured reserve. The team officially signed Worrilow and promoted running back Josh Adams from the practice squad.

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