Jets sign LB Antwan Barnes to multi-year deal

3/18/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

After parting ways with several veterans, the New York Jets continued their rebuilding efforts on a budget this offseason by adding much needed help in the form of an established pass rusher. The New York Jets announced the signing of free agent outside linebacker Antwan Barnes to a three-year deal on Monday.
Although financial terms on the contract were not released by the New York Jets, multiple sources are reporting it to be a $4 million deal with a $1.65 million pay in 2013. However, the deal could fetch to over $6 million with bonuses and incentives (in the last two years of the contract) included.
The New York Jets are thin at outside linebacker following the release of veterans Calvin Pace and more recently Bryan Thomas, who isn’t expected to return after becoming an unrestricted free agent. Third-year pros Garrett McIntyre and Ricky Sapp are currently projected as the New York Jets’ starting outside linebackers. But Antwan Barnes will likely get opportunities to start at outside linebacker with the New York Jets after showcasing his ability to get to the quarterback and finishing the 2011 season with the San Diego Chargers on a career-high 11 sacks.
Antwan Barnes spent the past three seasons with the San Diego Chargers. However, Antwan’s high production didn’t sustain into his 2012 campaign as he ended the season on the San Diego Chargers’ injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Antwan Barnes finished the 2012 season with just three sacks while playing 11 games for the San Diego Chargers.
The former fourth round pick, Antwan Barnes also previously spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and being released a few weeks into the 2010 season. Anwan Barnes played 78 games (with 5 starts), amassing 112 tackles, 23 ½ sacks and five forced fumbles over six career seasons in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins were reportedly also interested in Antwan Barnes. The 28-year-old Antwan James visited the New York Jets last week. Antwan Barnes will be reunited with both Jets head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman in New York, under whom he played in Baltimore.
The New York Jets also re-signed long snapper Tanner Purdum, who announced the good news via Twitter on Monday.
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