The NY Jets have added another key player on the offensive line in Greg Van Roten during free agency. Here are all the details.
NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas may be many things, but one thing is guaranteed, he’s a man of his word.
On Saturday evening Gang Green continued its offensive line overhaul by signing Greg Van Roten to a three-year deal.
The two sides have been talking since the legal tampering period opened on Monday, March 16, but talks progressed yesterday and they were able to hammer out the details over the weekend.
Van Roten is 30-years old and will likely slide in as the starting guard opposite of Alex Lewis. The former Carolina Panthers veteran has started 27 games over the last two years in the trenches.
An interesting fun fact: Greg Van Roten has only received one penalty in five professional seasons, per Brian Costello of the NY Post.
This will likely signal the end for long-time Jets guard Brian Winters. He has one year left on his deal for $7.2 million, if the Jets release him they’ll save all of it on the cap with zero dead money.
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This is the fifth offensive linemen that Douglas has signed during free agency for the green and white:
- George Fant, offensive tackle
- Connor McGovern, center
- Josh Andrews, interior offensive line
- Alex Lewis, interior offensive line
- Greg Van Roten, interior offensive line
Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft here is the projected depth chart on the offensive line: Fant (left tackle), Lewis (left guard), McGovern (center), Van Roten (right guard), and Chuma Edoga (right tackle).
The NY Jets also hold the No. 11 overall pick in the first round and will likely be very interested in one of the top four offensive tackles. If the team follows through on that plan, whoever they draft will plug-and-play on the blindside, while Edoga and Fant will battle it out for the starting right tackle spot.