The NY Jets have officially re-signed their first player of the offseason after agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran tight end Daniel Brown.
It likely isn’t the name that many were hoping to hear, but the re-signing does serve a purpose.
Brown served a key role on the Jets’ special teams last year playing in all 16 games — one of only 11 players to do so — while also seeing limited time on offense in three tight end sets.
The 27-year-old played on a team-high 68 percent of special teams snaps which was far and away the highest on the team. Only reserve linebackers Harvey Langi and Tarell Basham even broke 50 percent with neither reaching above 60 percent of snaps played.
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Brown also finished third on the team with 11 special teams tackles further emphasizing his value to special teams coordinator Brant Boyer.
The James Madison product originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent wide receiver with the Baltimore Ravens back in 2015. After spending a year and a half in the AFC North, Brown was signed by the Chicago Bears where he would spend the next three seasons.
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The Jets signed him prior to the 2019 season and Brown would go on to haul in seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in his first year with Gang Green.
Brown struggled as a blocker last year as evidenced by his abysmal 49.2 Pro Football Focus grade but his value really comes on special teams. Nonetheless, Brown will have to fight for a roster spot next season, presumably with 2019 fourth-round pick Trevon Wesco.
Meanwhile, Jets fans will now turn their attention to some of the more high-profile internal soon-to-be free agents. The likes of Robby Anderson, Brian Poole, and Jordan Jenkins are all set to hit the open market and negotiations should continue in the coming days and weeks.
Anderson has already made it clear that he intends to explore free agency, but if the Jets could work out a deal with the other two — or even someone like Kelvin Beachum or Alex Lewis — then it would help the team get a head start ahead of mid-March when free agents file.
Brown was one of just 22 players set to be unrestricted free agents this offseason meaning that the Jets certainly have their work cut out for them.
The Brown re-signing was likely just the tip of the iceberg.