It might not be the prettiest free agent signing, but the New York Jets have locked up a valuable back up outside linebacker for at least another year.
Garrett McIntyre inked with New York after shopping around for a couple of weeks. Terms of the deal have not yet been available.
In 2013, McIntyre played in 13 games, missing three with a knee injury. He played in 256 defensive snaps (23 percent of all snaps) finishing with 19 total tackles, including two sacks.
McIntyre likely will move right back into the role he occupied last year, backing up newly re-signed Calvin Pace. Pace re-signed with the Jets after having a career year, leading the team with 10 sacks. Pace signed a two-year deal, worth $5 million.
McIntyre not only is a valuable back up, he also is essential for the Jets special teams. An aspect of the team that has diminished over the years, New York will look to improve in that part of the game.
The linebacker crew for the gang green, with the re-signing of McIntyre, looks identical to last years. Quinton Coples, Demario Davis, David Harris and Pace all will round out the starting four.
Due to head coach Rex Ryan‘s draft history, I would not be surprised at all if New York looked at the possibility of drafting a linebacker in this year’s draft. While Pace turned it on last year, as did Muhammad Wilkerson, and Sheldon Richardson had an excellent rookie year, New York is still looking for that pass rusher who consistently can get to the quarterback. I wouldn’t mind this move, just as long as it’s not in the first round.