After Henry Anderson’s breakout 2018 season, the Jets chose to bring back the productive rotational pass-rusher.
While the Jets’ decision to sign controversial running back Le’Veon Bell to a four-year deal will certainly get all the buzz, New York made a key decision on the other side of the ball when they re-signed defensive end Henry Anderson.
The Jets’ defense was middle-of-the-pack last year, and it’s obvious that they set out to improve the unit in the offseason. They agreed sign four-time Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley to a five-year, $85 million contract Tuesday morning, a move that will go a long way in stabilizing the defense. Mosley isn’t much of a pass-rusher from the linebacker position, but he’s phenomenal in pass coverage and as a tackler in the open field.
New York also hired Gregg Williams to take over as defensive coordinator. Williams has helped to turn around bad defenses as coordinator in the past, most recently doing so in Cleveland with the Browns. Williams is known for his aggressiveness when it comes to play-calling, as his defenses are always near the top of the league in blitz rate. His style goes hand-in-hand with the signing of Anderson, whose pass-rushing prowess shone in 2018.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Day by day Information, the Jets re-signed Anderson agreed to a three-year, $25.2 million greenback deal. Anderson will get $17 million in ensures, in accordance with Rich Cimini. The deal has a max worth of $33 million.
The Jets get a C+ for the transfer, merely due to the truth that we don’t know for certain what Anderson is but. Final 12 months was his first 12 months in New York after three in Indianapolis, and it was additionally his first time taking part in 16 video games. Anderson has an damage historical past from his time with the Colts, when he performed 9, 11 and 9 video games in his three years there. Anderson stays a rotational piece with the Jets, and an $8.four million common annual worth is a steep worth to pay for a man who performed simply 60 % of defensive snaps final season.
However, if his snap rely does improve and he does keep wholesome, the deal can finally get a bump as much as a B. Anderson did lead the Jets with seven sacks final season whereas taking part in such a restricted function. He’s flashed explosive potential and will probably be a seamless slot in Gregg Williams’ blitz-heavy scheme.