NFL free agency: Jets to sign ILB Avery Williamson, what it means for their defense – NorthJersey.com


Free agency hasn’t even technically begun, but the Jets continue to fill major holes in their roster.?

The Jets agreed to a contract?with?former Titans linebacker Avery Williamson late Tuesday, according to the NFL Network. Williamson won’t be able to sign with the Jets until Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern when NFL free agency officially begins, but he represents another key signing for the Jets on a busy day.?

Williamson, 26, has been a regular starter for the Titans over the last four years. And he’ll likely plug in alongside third-year inside linebacker Darron Lee on the Jets’ first unit in 2018.?

The Jets began Tuesday with a league-high $90 million in cap space but quickly started spending it, agreeing to deals with former Rams star cornerback Trumaine Johnson,?Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgwater and their own free agent Josh McCown and former Browns running back Isaiah Crowell.

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Williamson’s arrival was the latest, and?likely signals the end of Demario Davis’ run with the Jets. Last offseason the Jets traded former first-round pick Calvin Pryor to Cleveland for Davis, who had been an average at best linebacker.

But?Davis?unexpectedly became one of the best players on the Jets’ defense in 2017, leading the team in tackles. In comparison, Pryor was cut from the Browns before the season after getting into a fight with a teammate. The trade couldn’t have gone any better for the Jets and general manager Mike Maccagnan.

But now the Jets, who drafted Davis in the third round of the 2012 draft, but moved on from him in free agency in 2015.?

Now, Davis will be moving on again. And it seems the Jets will be getting a capable replacement. Williamson started 59 of 63 games for the Titans over the last four years, racking up 239 tackles and 11.5 sacks.?

He’s three years younger than Davis?

Williamson, a fifth-round pick out of Kentucky in 2014, spent the past four seasons with the Titans. He started 59 of 63 games over that span, totaling 239 tackles and 11.5 sacks.?

Only time will tell if the move worked out, but Williamson is a proven NFL starter and should fit in well in the Jets’ defense.?

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