NEW YORK – The Jets opened the second day of the NFL’s legal falsification period by reviewing their shaky secondary lineup.
On Tuesday, former Seattle Seahawks defender DJ Reed and former Tampa Bay Bacchanaries security officer Jordan Whitehead agreed to an agreement with the Jets.
The man, who was directly aware of Reed’s contract, confirmed the Associated Press’s consent on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce it; deals are not made official until the NFL year begins on Wednesday.
Athletic first reported a deal with Reed. Another person who was directly aware of the contract told the AP that it is for three years and is worth $ 33 million.
Agent Sunny Shah confirmed Whitehead’s agreement with the Jets by posting on Twitter that the contract was for two years. Financial terms were not available immediately.
The 25-year-old Reed reunites with Jets coach Robert Saleh, who was his defense coordinator in San Francisco for the first two seasons after being selected in the fifth round in 2018 from Kansas.
Reed’s signing will help boost the young body of cornerbacks. He is expected to start at one of the outfielders, and Bryce Hall and Brandy Ecols – both starting last season – will be fighting for the second. Hall is entering his third NFL season, while Ecols is leaving his starting year.
Reed made two interceptions when he started 14 games last season for the Seahawks. He also started eight games for Seattle in 2020 after being stripped of San Francisco during training camp.
Reed has four career interceptions with 19 protected assists, one shuffle, two forced touches and four recoveries in 55 games, including 24 starts.
The Whitehead gives the Jets a likely replacement for Marcus May at one of the safety spots. Mae is due to become a free agent and now it seems unlikely to be re-signed.
New York brought Lamarcus Joyner and Will Parks back, giving the Jets depth and experience – along with Whitehead – in a security position.
The 24-year-old Whitehead – a cousin of former Jets corner defender Darrell Revis – was selected in the fourth round of Tampa Bay from Pittsburgh in 2018. He has played in 59 games over four seasons with the Buccaneers, starting with 55.
Whitehead has five career interceptions, 25 assists, two forced touchdowns, two rebounds and two sacks.
The Jets were busy for the first two days of the free agency, using Monday to focus on their offense. On Monday, they re-signed with backston and back-back Tevin Coleman and agreed with bodyguard Laken Tomlinson and T-End SJ Uzomakh.